Definition of incognito
: with one's identity concealed
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The ancient Greeks and Romans knew that there were times when you didn't want to be recognized. For example, a myth tells how Zeus and Hermes visited a village incognito and asked for lodging. The apparently penniless travelers were turned away from every household except that of a poor elderly couple named Baucis and Philemon, who provided a room and a feast despite their own poverty. The Romans had a word that described someone or something unknown (like the gods in the tale): incognitus, a term that is the ancestor of our modern incognito.
Definition of incognito
1 : one appearing or living incognito
2 : the state or assumed identity of one living or traveling incognito or incognita
Recent Examples of incognito from the Web
But the world will miss a pop star of her class and caliber; after all, this is a woman who turned out to support victims of the London tower fire incognito, and shares this kind of message at her concerts:
Having now proven his ability to host the show incognito, a gimmick original host Chuck Barris surely would have appreciated, my advice/hope going forward would be: Don't. Stop.
After doing some research (in an incognito browser window—
Fearing for their jobs, the employees began communicating incognito using the app Signal shortly after Trump's inauguration.
So, there was Mike D, trying to stay incognito, clearly both of us headed to the same spot.
Above all, a palace must meet stringent security requirements and pass a complex inspection process, part of which is conducted incognito.
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First Known Use of incognito
INCOGNITO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incognito for English Language Learners
: with your true identity kept secret (as by using a different name or a disguise)
INCOGNITO Defined for Kids
Definition of incognito for Students
: with someone's identity kept secret He's traveling incognito.
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