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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Shawn Windsor Michigan 4, Vanderbilt 3: My editor, who shall remain nameless, gave me the chance to change my initial pick. And, Detroit Free Press, "College World Series predictions: Will Michigan baseball win national title tonight?," 26 June 2019 The new episodes find Waller-Bridge's nameless protagonist falling for a Catholic priest while questioning her own self-worth and ability to love in the process. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best TV shows of 2019 (so far), from 'Shrill' to 'Chernobyl'," 12 June 2019 For 37 years the woman’s remains have been in a lonely, nameless grave at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Thanks to DNA sleuths, a Lake Tahoe Jane Doe killed 37 years ago might finally get a headstone with her name on it," 10 June 2019 Its location, in a nameless industrial corridor north of L.A.’s Chinatown, harks back to the turn-of-the-millennium East Village. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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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