un·​iden·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unidentified (audio) , -ə-ˈden-\

Definition of unidentified

: not having a known or established identity : not identified unidentified flying objects an unidentified suspect

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Three unidentified children died and another child was badly injured in a barn fire in Coshocton County, the Coshocton Tribune reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "6 people, including 4 children, die in separate fires in Ohio," 18 June 2019 Rescue teams rappelled down the side of the cliff and attempted to treat the unidentified victim at the scene, The Mercury News reported. The person was eventually transported to an area hospital. Fox News, "Driver miraculously survives 150-foot plunge off California cliff," 17 June 2019 Salcido’s three unidentified passengers, all men from Vista ages 19 or 20, were taken to UCI Medical Center with moderate injuries, according to the CHP. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marine from Vista, 21, killed in Anaheim traffic accident," 16 June 2019 The message comes following claims from customers that their lipsticks contained what looked like mold, unidentified black spots, white hairs, or uneven texture. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The Jaclyn Hill Lipstick Drama," 15 June 2019 In 2015, Grijalva approved a $48,000 settlement involving an unidentified committee staff member who alleged Grijalva was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Rep. Raul Grijalva under scrutiny by House ethics committee over workplace allegations," 14 June 2019 Ketrell Beasley, 18, now faces a deadly conduct charge after allegedly shooting the unidentified boy June 5 inside an apartment in the 7400 block of Calhoun Road. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man accused of shooting boy with AK-47 after posting bail for murder charge," 13 June 2019 Singer asked him to designate an unidentified student applicant from China as a sailing recruit, though the student had no experience. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "‘At some point, I got lost,’ says former Stanford sailing coach sentenced in college bribery scandal," 12 June 2019 The break in the decades-old cold case stemmed from work by a small forensic firm that used a genealogy website to trace unidentified DNA back to a particular branch of a family tree. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of unidentified

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unidentified was in 1861

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English Language Learners Definition of unidentified

: not known or identified


un·​iden·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfīd\

Kids Definition of unidentified

: having an identity that is not known or determined an unidentified person

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