anonymous

adjective
anon·​y·​mous | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce anonymous (audio) \

Essential Meaning of anonymous

1 : not named or identified The donor wishes to remain anonymous. An anonymous buyer purchased the painting.
2 : made or done by someone unknown The college received an anonymous gift. He made an anonymous phone call to the police. The reporter got an anonymous tip.
3 : not distinct or noticeable : lacking interesting or unusual characteristics She works in an anonymous [=bland, nondescript] brick building. His was just another anonymous face in the crowd.

Full Definition of anonymous

1 : of unknown authorship or origin an anonymous tip
2 : not named or identified an anonymous author They wish to remain anonymous.
3 : lacking individuality, distinction, or recognizability the anonymous faces in the crowd … the gray anonymous streets …— William Styron

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Other Words from anonymous

anonymousness noun

Examples of anonymous in a Sentence

The donor wishes to remain anonymous. An anonymous buyer purchased the painting. The college received an anonymous gift. He made an anonymous phone call to the police. The reporter got an anonymous tip. His was just another anonymous face in the crowd.
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Recent Examples on the Web The school is famous for having turned out students including Ed Ruscha, famous for his dry-as-a-bone Pop Art portrayals of LA’s anonymous sprawl. Steven Litt, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 The city of Chula Vista Environmental Services Division, the Chula Vista Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are handling the event, which is free and anonymous. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2021 Watkins also helped spur – and may have written – the postings of the anonymous figure known as Q Clearance Patriot that started the QAnon phenomenon. Richard Ruelas, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 The two sides also have ironed out details of meal plans, rest breaks and time off between shifts, Variety reported citing multiple anonymous sources. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 But interviews with pilots from Asia and Europe—and the database of anonymous accounts in the U.S.—reveal varying degrees of ability and confidence among those who have returned to duty, including pilots who have completed retraining programs. Anurag Kotoky, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 An anonymous artist put up a homemade sign near an on-ramp to Interstate 405 North. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Crime Stoppers callers can choose to stay anonymous. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2021 Florsheim described anonymous letters sent to the council, all from former school district employees, including former administrators, and all women. courant.com, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of anonymous

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anonymous

Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anōnymos, from a- + onyma name — more at name

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The first known use of anonymous was in 1563

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20 Oct 2021

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“Anonymous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anonymous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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anonymous

adjective
anon·​y·​mous | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce anonymous (audio) \

Kids Definition of anonymous

1 : not named or identified an anonymous caller
2 : made or done by someone unknown an anonymous phone call

Other Words from anonymous

anonymously adverb A large sum has been anonymously donated.

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