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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They are usually framed as the recollections of a nameless, highly autobiographical narrator whose gaze takes in the characters of his community and turns inward to his own youthful psychological state. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Memorial Tablet in Viale Cavour," 21 Dec. 2018 This is the story of the Obra Dinn: the corpses have already been thrown into the ocean, torn limb from limb by nameless horrors of the deep. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Daniel’s mother, who wished to remain nameless, told KCRA 3. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Sacramento Police Released Dashcam Footage of an Officer Hitting a Fleeing Teen With an SUV," 20 Aug. 2018 Audrey closed out the post asking her fans to submit questions for the series (which appears to be nameless for the time being). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey and Jeremy Roloff Just Announced Big News About Their Careers," 27 Aug. 2018 My friend, my nameless teacher friend, had her cell phone out and was on Snapchat. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Russell Elliot Talks Sexual Fluidity, Sampling from Snapchat & His 'Split Ends' EP," 13 Apr. 2018 One publication that shall remain nameless — Sports Illustrated — listed Lewerke as a sleeper Heisman Trophy pick. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Forget the rankings. MSU's Brian Lewerke could be Big Ten's best QB," 11 July 2018 There are personal conflicts to mend, a cruel wilderness to survive, and a seeming army of nameless fascist punks to fight against—in a meatsuit. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 Having seen the size of some of the iguanas that hang out by the canal along 441 in Boca Raton, this nameless fellow is one brave man. Dan Sweeney,, "Video shows iguana trying to rescue fellow iguana as peacock looks on (and other iguana tales)," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of nameless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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