Definition of anonymous in English:

anonymous

adjective

  • 1(of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name.

    ‘the donor's wish to remain anonymous’
    ‘an anonymous phone call’
    • ‘As the anonymous reporter once said ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’.’
    • ‘In that, they are far from unusual, claims one Scottish manager who prefers to remain anonymous.’
    • ‘One anonymous student raises the concern that women are overly sexualized in society.’
    • ‘The twelve-month-old cat was rescued from the moors by an anonymous walker and delivered to Moggies Cat Rescue two weeks ago.’
    • ‘Thanks to the anonymous reader who tipped me off to the food trend piece.’
    • ‘It's an invaluable source of movie info, but like any site with anonymous user reviews, it's easily abused.’
    • ‘At the same time, an anonymous couple have offered financial help.’
    • ‘Next to this biography, Phillips describes his own therapeutic dialogue with an anonymous patient.’
    • ‘People are not anonymous in cyberspace, as they construct identities that they use there.’
    • ‘The shop was analysed by an anonymous customer who judged them on things such as customer service and quality of shop layout.’
    • ‘The classic is called Everyman, it's from 1485, by an anonymous author.’
    • ‘They were almost impossible to censor and their authors were anonymous, so that retaliation against them was not possible.’
    • ‘Individual benefactors, who wish to remain anonymous, have given generously.’
    • ‘I am staggered by the insensitivity of this anonymous writer in raising this issue in a public forum where it was read by Tara's parents.’
    • ‘My only clue was a reference, buried in the article, to a book title by this anonymous author.’
    • ‘Then a letter arrives, on pink notepaper, from an anonymous woman who claims to have known Don 20 years previously.’
    • ‘There were calls from two anonymous people that may prove very useful, but I need them both to ring back and I really urge them to do so.’
    • ‘We explained that the individual doctors would be anonymous.’
    • ‘Without disclosure of the security files, these individuals would remain anonymous.’
    • ‘Certainly the purpose of these tests is that they are anonymous and the identity of the riders does not come out in public.’
    unnamed, of unknown name, nameless, incognito, unidentified, unknown, unspecified, undesignated, unacknowledged, mystery
    unsigned, unattributed, unattested, uncredited
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    1. 1.1 Having no outstanding, individual, or unusual features; unremarkable or impersonal.
      ‘his impeccable, slightly anonymous Chelsea flat’
      • ‘I phoned Chris, my best friend when I was ten and now a Dublin journalist, and we staggered into an anonymous grey building.’
      • ‘They grew tall and anonymous, faceless obsidian columns studding the curved horizon.’
      • ‘Here it was; an anonymous glass door, swirls of coloured glass within a metal frame.’
      • ‘In the past both have been fitful performers, outstanding one day anonymous the next.’
      • ‘And the seven women in black were anonymous because their robes made them so.’
      • ‘The usual suspects were there along with an anonymous crowd of unknowns.’
      • ‘Hardly anyone was aware of his gifts, he was totally anonymous, to many he was just that quiet guy in Accounts who never got laid.’
      • ‘At first it seems like any other grey, anonymous street but the further down you go, the more it feels like a gateway to another world.’
      • ‘What had seemed an anonymous mob suddenly sprang into variety and colour.’
      • ‘The lobby is inhabited by several anonymous figures in white jumpsuits and hoods wearing surgical masks.’
      • ‘Scott McLean, an anonymous figure for most of the match, met Andy Roddie's low cross and prodded the ball home from close range.’
      • ‘Nobody wants or wishes to perish in an anonymous, faceless, globally uniform civilisation.’
      • ‘Windowless, featureless, anonymous, it could only be a power station.’
      • ‘If I had an old cooker I can take it in my anonymous car to the tip for recycling.’
      • ‘The fact is, this is a distinctive vehicle in a very bland, anonymous and nondescript market.’
      • ‘She stole a glance at the four in black, who remained anonymous, stoic, neutral.’
      • ‘We are not mechanical pieces of a political machine, individuals in an anonymous society.’
      • ‘Their loyalty is to the Black Watch - not to some anonymous organisation.’
      • ‘I took my time in the shower, sang a few lines from some anonymous song, and painted my nails black.’
      • ‘He said we should never think we are unknown to Jesus, as if we were just a number in an anonymous crowd, but that each one of us is precious to him.’
      characterless, unremarkable, nondescript, impersonal, faceless, colourless, grey
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Origin

Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek anōnumos ‘nameless’ (from an- ‘without’ + onoma ‘name’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

anonymous

/əˈnɒnɪməs/