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unnamed

[uhn-neymd] /ʌnˈneɪmd/
adjective
1.
without a name; nameless.
2.
not indicated or mentioned by name; unidentified:
an unnamed lover.
Origin of unnamed
1500-1510
1500-10; un-1 + named
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  • But marriage with an unnamed and unknown heiress is one thing.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • The wives of the farm are the unnamed, unrewarded heroines of the border.

  • By far the greater number, both men and women, are unnamed and unknown.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Where the poem is unnamed, the first line has been used and noted in italics.

  • The gods also were not; "they were as yet unnamed and did not rule the destinies."

    Chaldea

    Znade A. Ragozin
British Dictionary definitions for unnamed

unnamed

/ʌnˈneɪmd/
adjective
1.
having no name
2.
not mentioned by name: the culprit shall remain unnamed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unnamed
adj.

c.1500, "not mentioned by name." from un- (1) "not" + past participle of name (v.). Cf. Old Frisian unnamed, Middle Dutch ongenaemt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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