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 McLaughlin’s formal control manifests chiefly in pacing and plot, whereas Davies is preoccupied with tone and verbal restraint: his protagonists—a father, mother, and son—remain nameless. Claire Messud, Harpers Magazine, "New Books," 5 Jan. 2021 But Kendrick, 18, isn’t a nameless meme without a story, even though that’s how many across the country recognize him. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Meet Kendrick Blackshire, Duncanville’s Alabama-bound LB who’s more than just a viral sensation for his hulking figure," 31 Dec. 2020 The dogs are free-casting along a wash at the bottom of a nameless canyon in the Atascosa Mountains a few miles north of the Mexican border, silently nosing for lion scent, when all eight blow up. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Lion Dogs," 30 Dec. 2020 The cub having remained nameless, the zoo now wants the public to vote on a name for him. Fox News, "National Zoo holds giant panda cub-naming online poll," 18 Nov. 2020 Haunting story of a nameless hiker found dead in his tent. Steven Levy, Wired, "Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier," 6 Nov. 2020 As the flames consume Beowulf’s corpse, a nameless woman sings a dirge about the humiliations and captivity to come. Irina Dumitrescu, The New York Review of Books, "Dudes Without Heirs," 17 Nov. 2020 In the years since, this nameless whistleblower, claiming to be a senior official in the Trump administration, has been praised for calling out the Trump administration. Sarah Midkiff,, "“Anonymous” Waited Too Long To Reveal Himself," 29 Oct. 2020 Stafford wasn’t quite as heroic against the nameless group from D.C. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Prater's bomb keeps Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions tenure alive another day," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nameless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nameless was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2021

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“Nameless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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