Definition of incommunicado
- a prisoner held incommunicado
- remained incommunicado while working on her book
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Incommunicado ultimately comes from Latin but made its way into English via Spanish. We borrowed the word (with a slightly modified spelling) from the past participle of the Spanish verb incomunicar, meaning "to deprive of communication." The Spanish word, in turn, derives from the Latin prefix in- and the verb communicare, meaning "to communicate."
First Known Use: 1844See Words from the same year
: not able to communicate with other people : in a situation or state that does not allow communication with other people
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