name·​less | \ ˈnām-ləs How to pronounce nameless (audio) \

Definition of nameless

2 : not known by name : anonymous
3 : having no legal right to a name (as due to being born to parents not married to each other)
4 : not having been given a name : unnamed
5 : not marked with a name a nameless grave
6a : incapable of precise description : indefinable
b : too repulsive or distressing to describe

Other Words from nameless

namelessly adverb
namelessness noun

Examples of nameless in a Sentence

She left the hotel with a nameless man in a black jacket. The source for my story prefers to remain nameless. A top government official, who shall remain nameless, has expressed concern about the decision. The men were buried there in nameless graves.
Recent Examples on the Web There are over 400,000 members of the subreddit r/collapse who think their nameless sense of dread stands up to reason. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 25 Apr. 2022 The strange elation that’s powered me through the week — the simple joy of getting things done — deflates into a nameless dread. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 And apparently the chicken, which was nameless, is considered beaked and dangerous. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 The team wore kelly green jerseys for Cactus League games this spring, but those were nameless and not customized. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2022 Nightlife is limited: There are a few ramshackle, welcoming bars in the village—most are nameless, so just follow the sound of music piped out onto the street. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2022 The airplane, the light bulb—many of the greatest inventions of all time started out as nameless, formless concepts thought up to address some singular purpose. Ben Gaddis, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 Its nameless manna—remembers how Wooden crosses, like scaffolds, like forests, Marked the ocean or wedge of battalions. Osip Mandelstam, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 And this — my first taste of hating a faceless, nameless enemy — stirred up a dark delight in my heart. Carrie Mckean, The Week, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nameless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nameless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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name·​less | \ ˈnām-ləs How to pronounce nameless (audio) \

Kids Definition of nameless

1 : having no name a nameless species
2 : not marked with a name a nameless grave
4 : not to be described Upon entering the house he suffered nameless fears.

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