un·​named | \ ˌən-ˈnāmd How to pronounce unnamed (audio) \

Definition of unnamed

: not having a name or identified by name : not named a newly discovered and unnamed species received their information from an unnamed informant

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Recent Examples on the Web But shortly after, in an article by Yashar Ali, a number of unnamed sources accused Osbourne of using racist and homophobic language in the past when speaking about her colleagues. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Sharon Osbourne to break her silence in first interview since exiting 'The Talk'," 16 Apr. 2021 The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that Chinese officials plan to approve the BioNTech vaccine within the next 10 weeks, citing unnamed sources. Los Angeles Times, "Free food and tickets: How China’s trying to boost lagging vaccination rates," 16 Apr. 2021 Citing unnamed government sources, the newspaper reported that the 66-year-old leader will receive the shot made by British-Swedish company AstraZeneca. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Germany sees record vaccinations amid hospital warning," 15 Apr. 2021 The website also quotes unnamed sources that are betting on a 2022 launch date as well, so the odds of us seeing Starliner carry crew by the end of 2021 are slim to none, and that’s being generous. Mike Wehner, BGR, "It might be another full year before we see Boeing’s Starliner carry a crew," 14 Apr. 2021 Citing unnamed sources, CBS News reported that Pirozzolo paid for travel, accommodations and female escorts on a trip to the Bahamas with Gaetz in late 2018 or early 2019. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Who is Jason Pirozzolo? Politically-connected Orlando hand surgeon reportedly tied to Gaetz probe," 8 Apr. 2021 On March 16, journalist Yashar Ali published a report alleging that Osbourne used racial slurs while referring to her former The Talk co-host Julie Chen, citing multiple unnamed sources and another former co-host, Leah Remini. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Sharon Osbourne Shares Text Messages She Claims She Sent to Sheryl Underwood amid The Talk Drama," 7 Apr. 2021 However, he was criticized for repeating and signal-boosting those opinions from unnamed sources without questioning it or seeking out the opinions of people who worked closely with Fields. oregonlive, "NFL draft 2021: Is Justin Fields ‘sliding’ down the draft board because of a smear campaign?," 2 Apr. 2021 Media outlets, including CNBC, reported it as news after it was confirmed by unnamed sources within the company, who apparently lied to several reporters. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Volkswagen's name change of U.S. 'Voltswagen' operations was marketing prank," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unnamed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unnamed was in the 15th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Unnamed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnamed. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unnamed

used to indicate that a person's name is not mentioned or known
: not having a name

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