un·​iden·​ti·​fied ˌən-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unidentified (audio)
: not having a known or established identity : not identified
unidentified flying objects
an unidentified suspect

Examples of unidentified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visitors have the opportunity to adopt unidentified manta rays, participate in educational workshops, learn responsible swimming practices around these gentle giants, and embark on excursions led by Manta Trust experts. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Hardeep Singh Nijjar was fatally shot by unidentified gunmen in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, and Trudeau's allegation of Indian involvement led to a major diplomatic row between the two nations. Robert Legare, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2023 The documents allege that an unidentified manager at the restaurant accidentally severed a piece of her finger while chopping arugula. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 The unidentified officer fired at Jesse Dominguez, 34, seven times, attorneys for his family, Luis Carrillo and Michael Carrillo, said at a news conference Tuesday. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Since mid-August, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has received over 200 reports of the unidentified condition, per a Nov. 9 press release. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2023 In 2021, an unidentified Black woman died by suicide after jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Deidre Olsen, WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 The 75-year-old victim, who remains unidentified, was discovered by his grandson Wednesday morning just a few hours after first light. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 16 Nov. 2023 Her audience was curious how a person with such an expensive piece of clothing could go unidentified. Deidre Olsen, WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unidentified was in 1861

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“Unidentified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentified. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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