hid·​den | \ ˈhi-dᵊn How to pronounce hidden (audio) \

Definition of hidden

1 : being out of sight or not readily apparent : concealed

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hiddenness \ ˈhi-​dᵊn-​nəs How to pronounce hiddenness (audio) \ noun

Examples of hidden in a Sentence

There was a hidden flaw in the airplane's design. the hidden costs in buying a home
Recent Examples on the Web Yvonne was a hidden child in France, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Kate Middleton Reveals Two Portraits She Created For Holocaust Remembrance Day," 28 Jan. 2020 Yvonne was a hidden children in France throughout most of the Holocaust, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day," 27 Jan. 2020 To Zuboff, surveillance capitalism poses an existential threat whose hidden costs are intentionally obscured by its practitioners. Frank Bajak, The Denver Post, "“Surveillance Capitalism” author speaks of virus infecting economic sectors," 15 Dec. 2019 The group of men waited a while for reinforcements, and around 7:30, found the hidden children. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Family of 'Hero' Boy, 13, Who Survived Attack in Mexico That Killed Mom Speaks Out," 11 Nov. 2019 Devin's uncles armed themselves with guns and returned to try and find the hidden children, knowing many of them were injured. Madeline Holcombe And Holly Yan, CNN, "A suspect has been arrested in the massacre of a family from a Mormon community in Mexico," 6 Nov. 2019 Several men set out from La Mora on a rescue mission but didn’t find the hidden children until 7:30 that evening, according to Miller’s Facebook post. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "Boy saw mother, siblings die in Mexico massacre, then walked hours for help, family says," 6 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors tried to keep hidden how investigators used an ultra-secret cellphone tracking device, called a cell-site simulator. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Estranged boyfriend killed ex in front of her mother, murder trial hears," 24 Oct. 2019 Counting this hidden cost adds about fifteen per cent to the average American’s greenhouse-gas emissions over thirty years. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2020

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“Hidden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hidden. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hidden

: not seen or known
: not easily found or recognized

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