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incognito

[in-kog-nee-toh, in-kog-ni-toh] /ˌɪn kɒgˈni toʊ, ɪnˈkɒg nɪˌtoʊ/
adjective
1.
having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions.
adverb
2.
with the real identity concealed:
to travel incognito.
noun, plural incognitos for 3, 5.
3.
a person who is incognito.
4.
the state of being incognito.
5.
the disguise or character assumed by an incognito.
Origin of incognito
1630-1640
1630-40; < Italian < Latin incognitus unknown, equivalent to in- in-3 + cognitus, past participle of cognōscere to get to know; see cognition, know1
Synonyms
1. disguised, undisclosed, unidentified.
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  • "You are late," said the incognito, when we had walked so far away from the palazzo as to be out of hearing of the crowd.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • Sometimes, when incognito, the two men were asked where General Toombs was.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • How often have I explained (p. 015) that you would not need passports of any kind if you would let me throw off my incognito.

    One-Act Plays Various
  • We must maintain our incognito, at least until we are sure of our ground.

  • Hitherto their security has depended on keeping up their incognito by disguises, and the secrecy of their camping place.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for incognito

incognito

/ˌɪnkɒɡˈniːtəʊ; ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtəʊ/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
under an assumed name or appearance; in disguise
noun (pl) -tos
2.
a person who is incognito
3.
the assumed name or disguise of such a person
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in-1 + cognitus known
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Word Origin and History for incognito
adj./adv.

1640s, from Italian incognito "unknown," especially in connection with traveling, from Latin incognitus "unknown," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere "to get to know" (see cognizance). Fem. form incognita was maintained through 19c. by those scrupulous about Latin. Incog was a common 18c. colloquial abbreviation.

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