name·​less | \ˈnām-ləs \

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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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 In the city's famed Central Park, there are almost two dozen statues honoring men, but female representations are limited to fictional characters like Mother Goose and nameless angels, Gothamist notes. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, ""Where are all the women?": New York City to commission statues honoring trailblazing women," 21 June 2018 Unlike a number of his peers, including one frenemy who shall remain nameless, Jay-Z has never been quick to call himself a fashion designer. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "First Rihanna, Now Jay-Z: What Will the Rapper Bring to Puma?," 19 June 2018 Your character, who remains nameless, is funny and sharp, but dealing with an enormous emotional burden. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Carey Mulligan, Facing the Fear of Being Alone Onstage," 13 June 2018 The monastery, and the famous architect behind it, remained nameless to us outsiders. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Fresh's Crème Ancienne is Handmade by Monks in a Czech Monastary," 1 Nov. 2016

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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 \

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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