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 : illegitimate
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The woman, likewise nameless, has made her career as a criminal defense attorney, and has just lost a murder trial. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Queen & Slim’: A first date, a police shooting and a road movie for today (movie review)," 27 Nov. 2019 And there are, too, innumerable nameless girls who went through this process, whose only legacy is their debutante scrapbook, a record of press clippings and photos of fellow debutantes. Kristen Richardson, Time, "It’s Easy to Dismiss Debutante Balls, But Their History Can Help Us Understand Women’s Lives," 25 Nov. 2019 Clustered there on the highway’s margins was yet another of the city’s countless, nameless tent cities, a patchwork of a few dozen tarps and tents lit up at night by flaming oil drums. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, "Gimme Shelter," 19 Nov. 2019 The other people were nameless, faceless people who are probably dead or in their 90’s. Rosy Cordero,, "Tell Me Who I Am," 22 Oct. 2019 The player, a nameless detective, was the protagonist but Carmen stole the limelight. Matt Jancer, Smithsonian, "How a Generation Became Obsessed With Tracking Down Carmen Sandiego," 15 Oct. 2019 The body continued to go nameless until 2017, when the Medical Examiner’s Office used dental to records to identify Brosley. Andrew Boryga,, "He started murdering women in South Florida — then became the worst serial killer in U.S. history," 11 Oct. 2019 Another nameless staffer pointed to her father, the last remaining person on the Atkins diet, who looooves it as a pasta alternative. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "I Made the Mushroom Pasta. Now It’s Your Turn.," 28 Sep. 2019 Salter’s nameless narrator spends the autumn photographing the town for some vague future project that grows increasingly obsessive and immense. New York Times, "James Salter’s ‘Blue, Indolent’ Corner of Burgundy," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of nameless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Nameless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nameless

: having a name that is not known or told
: not having a name
: not marked with a name


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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