Definition of anonymous in US 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’
    ‘the anonymous author of Beowulf’
    • ‘The twelve-month-old cat was rescued from the moors by an anonymous walker and delivered to Moggies Cat Rescue two weeks ago.’
    • ‘At the same time, an anonymous couple have offered financial help.’
    • ‘Then a letter arrives, on pink notepaper, from an anonymous woman who claims to have known Don 20 years previously.’
    • ‘They were almost impossible to censor and their authors were anonymous, so that retaliation against them was not possible.’
    • ‘One anonymous student raises the concern that women are overly sexualized in society.’
    • ‘We explained that the individual doctors would be anonymous.’
    • ‘Certainly the purpose of these tests is that they are anonymous and the identity of the riders does not come out in public.’
    • ‘In that, they are far from unusual, claims one Scottish manager who prefers to remain anonymous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the anonymous reporter once said ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’.’
    • ‘The classic is called Everyman, it's from 1485, by an anonymous author.’
    • ‘My only clue was a reference, buried in the article, to a book title by this anonymous author.’
    • ‘People are not anonymous in cyberspace, as they construct identities that they use there.’
    • ‘It's an invaluable source of movie info, but like any site with anonymous user reviews, it's easily abused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without disclosure of the security files, these individuals would remain anonymous.’
    • ‘Thanks to the anonymous reader who tipped me off to the food trend piece.’
    • ‘The shop was analysed by an anonymous customer who judged them on things such as customer service and quality of shop layout.’
    • ‘Next to this biography, Phillips describes his own therapeutic dialogue with an anonymous patient.’
    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.
      ‘the anonymous black car waiting to take him to the airport’
      ‘a faceless, anonymous group’
      • ‘Here it was; an anonymous glass door, swirls of coloured glass within a metal frame.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the past both have been fitful performers, outstanding one day anonymous the next.’
      • ‘Scott McLean, an anonymous figure for most of the match, met Andy Roddie's low cross and prodded the ball home from close range.’
      • ‘They grew tall and anonymous, faceless obsidian columns studding the curved horizon.’
      • ‘The usual suspects were there along with an anonymous crowd of unknowns.’
      • ‘If I had an old cooker I can take it in my anonymous car to the tip for recycling.’
      • ‘Their loyalty is to the Black Watch - not to some anonymous organisation.’
      • ‘What had seemed an anonymous mob suddenly sprang into variety and colour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She stole a glance at the four in black, who remained anonymous, stoic, neutral.’
      • ‘I took my time in the shower, sang a few lines from some anonymous song, and painted my nails black.’
      • ‘The lobby is inhabited by several anonymous figures in white jumpsuits and hoods wearing surgical masks.’
      • ‘And the seven women in black were anonymous because their robes made them so.’
      • ‘Nobody wants or wishes to perish in an anonymous, faceless, globally uniform civilisation.’
      • ‘Windowless, featureless, anonymous, it could only be a power station.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fact is, this is a distinctive vehicle in a very bland, anonymous and nondescript market.’
      • ‘I phoned Chris, my best friend when I was ten and now a Dublin journalist, and we staggered into an anonymous grey building.’
      • ‘We are not mechanical pieces of a political machine, individuals in an anonymous society.’
      characterless, unremarkable, nondescript, impersonal, faceless, colourless, grey
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    2. 1.2postpositive Used in names of support groups for addicts of a substance or behavior to indicate the confidentiality maintained among members of the group.
      ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’
      ‘Debtors Anonymous’
      • ‘After Joe lands in the hospital, he realizes that he is an alcoholic and must seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous if he's ever to regain his life again.’
      • ‘Research has shown that Australians who have tried Gamblers Anonymous find the evangelical approach and the 12-step program far too difficult.’
      • ‘Arizona is host to more than 500 Alcoholics Anonymous groups.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

anonymous

/əˈnänəməs//əˈnɑnəməs/