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

Examples of unidentified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unidentified woman told investigators Guillod lured her back to his nearby Sherman Oaks home, saying his daughter would be present. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 An unidentified off-duty Cleveland police officer who was shopping in the store approached Martinez-Morales and identified herself as an officer, police said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 10 June 2022 The unidentified male officer and a male offender were both wounded in the area of 69th and Sangamon streets, authorities said. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 Finlay asked after she was directed to an unidentified officer still at the first crash scene down the road. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 6 May 2022 The footage shows the unidentified white police officer struggling with Lyoya after chasing him on foot following a traffic stop. Byadisa Hargett-robinson, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Lyoya’s fatal encounter with an unidentified Grand Rapids police officer was captured in multiple videos released by the agency last week. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Moises Correa, 30, is accused in last July’s incident, which occurred after the unidentified officer stopped a black Chrysler that Correa was allegedly driving at Black Mountain Road and Westview Parkway. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The unidentified officer was sitting in his patrol vehicle near north John Young Parkway and west Harwood Street around 4:20 p.m. when James Mossetty, 33, allegedly began banging on the vehicle, said OPD spokesperson Officer Michelle Rogers. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unidentified

1861, in the meaning defined above

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unidentified flying object

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6 Jul 2022

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“Unidentified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentified. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for unidentified


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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