incommunicado

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adverb or adjective in·com·mu·ni·ca·do \ˌin-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of incommunicado

  1. :  without means of communication :  in a situation or state not allowing communication 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."

Origin and Etymology of incommunicado

Spanish incomunicado, from past participle of incomunicar to deprive of communication, from in- (from Latin) + comunicar to communicate, from Latin communicare


First Known Use: 1844


INCOMMUNICADO Defined for English Language Learners

incommunicado

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Definition of incommunicado for English Language Learners

  • : not able to communicate with other people : in a situation or state that does not allow communication with other people


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