: having a name that is not readily recognized by the public
a no-name product
a no-name baseball team
no-name noun

Examples of no-name in a Sentence

a low-budget movie with a cast of no-name actors
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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-name was in 1942

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“No-name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no-name. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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