One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverb
(of a person) having one's true identity concealed.as adjective ‘in order to observe you have to be incognito’as adverb ‘he is now operating incognito’
under an assumed name, under a false name, with one's identity concealed, in disguise, disguised, under cover, in plain clothes, camouflagedunder an assumed name, under a false name, with one's identity concealed, in disguise, disguised, under cover, in plain clothes, camouflagedView synonyms
- ‘When he is in Austin, he wears a hat and sunglasses and does the whole incognito routine.’
- ‘As for Mussolini, rumours circulated that he attended one of the performances incognito.’
- ‘He ended up dying - fighting against his own people incognito.’
- ‘Charles, now 22 and eager to be married, persuaded his father to let him make an incognito romantic journey to Spain.’
- ‘On Sunday morning, Meena had teamed up with her friend Ramba and the two had tried to make an incognito visit by car to the Subramania Swamy Temple at Maruthamalai.’
- ‘Turns out the rap sheet is a mile long - and he, like me, goes incognito.’
- ‘Over the next month judges will visit each of the restaurants incognito and give their verdict.’
- ‘They waited while he filled two glasses with a pale brown liquid and gave them to the incognito agents.’
- ‘Dr Johnson was famously won over after a long conversation with the King in 1767, while numerous stories abound of the King visiting farms incognito.’
- ‘There was certainly a Green and Labor presence trailing in his wake but the majority of the abuse was launched at him from incognito locals.’
- ‘The crime writer had a horror of the press, and she would always attempt to travel incognito, choosing places where she was unlikely to be recognised.’
- ‘With distinction and excellence writ large over their existence, even when they are forced to live incognito lives, their brilliance soon gives them away and the rest of the less endowed people are soon after their blood.’
- ‘The road to perversion is cast with such anonymous faces, individuals incognito.’
- ‘And perhaps such a chance encounter could turn out to be the equivalent of winning the lottery, when a minor favour to an incognito king brought great reward.’
- ‘Her new book Dirt Cheap is an expose of life ‘at the wrong end of the job market’ and involved the author working in a string of low-paid jobs incognito.’
- ‘‘I don't remove my mask in the presence of people, it would ruin that whole incognito thing I have been going for,’ he said half joking.’
- ‘With cyber con artists hungry for ways to launch attacks incognito, the study found that at least 1 million computers were under their control worldwide.’
- ‘As the incognito president cries out for justice, the police inform him that he is a wanted man.’
- ‘With the president said to spend no more than one or two nights in the same place, to travel incognito and even to employ mustachioed, cigar-chomping lookalikes, this could prove easier said than done.’
- ‘He showed up at the games incognito and stayed in makeshift barracks.’
An assumed or false identity.
pen name, assumed name, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name, nicknameView synonyms
- ‘He is said to be one of our leading playwrights, who may have reasons transcending merely legal ones for his incognito.’
- ‘‘The observer,’ he concludes, ‘is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.’’
- ‘Leach is a minor character and the fact that Larsen effortlessly penetrated his incognito has no central plot significance.’
- ‘William thinks it's farcical and plays it up but amongst friends incognitos are simply unfunny bores.’
- ‘The incognito of lower class employment is an effective cloak for any dagger one might wish to hide.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian, literally ‘unknown’, from Latin incognitus, from in- ‘not’ + cognitus (past participle of cognoscere ‘know’).
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