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adverb or adjective in·cog·ni·to \ˌin-ˌkäg-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō also in-ˈkäg-nə-ˌtō\

Definition of incognito

  1. :  with one's identity concealed

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of incognito

Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in- + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition


First Known Use: 1635


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incognito

noun in·cog·ni·to

Definition of incognito

plural

incognitos

  1. 1 :  one appearing or living incognito

  2. 2 :  the state or assumed identity of one living or traveling incognito or incognita

1638

First Known Use of incognito

1638


INCOGNITO Defined for English Language Learners

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incognito

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adverb or adjective in·cog·ni·to \ˌin-ˌkäg-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō also in-ˈkäg-nə-ˌtō\

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

incognito

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adverb or adjective in·cog·ni·to \ˌin-ˌkäg-ˈnē-tō, in-ˈkäg-nə-ˌtō\

Definition of incognito for Students

  1. :  with someone's identity kept secret He's traveling incognito.



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