One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An anonymous person or publication.
- ‘As Oguibe notes, these artists challenge ‘the colonial desire for the faceless native, the anonym,’ which still lives in some international art circles.’
- ‘No biggie here… I've got less and less tolerance for anonyms invading mutual conversation these days… better conversations occur when people own their words.’
pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name, nicknameView synonyms
- ‘The use of anonyms and pseudonyms is a well-known phenomenon in literature, not least children's literature.’
Early 19th century: from French anonyme, from Greek anōnumos (see anonymous).
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