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anonymous

[ uh-non-uh-muhs ]
/ əˈnɒn ə məs /
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adjective

without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.

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Origin of anonymous

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin anōnymus, from Greek anṓnymos, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōnym(a) (variant of ónyma ) -onym (earlier (a)n- with vowel lengthening; cf. anopheles) + -os adjective suffix; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM anonymous

a·non·y·mous·ness, nouna·non·y·mous·ly, adverbnon·a·non·y·mous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH anonymous

1. anomalous, anonymous , euonymus, unanimous2. anonymous , pseudonymous
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British Dictionary definitions for anonymous

anonymous
/ (əˈnɒnɪməs) /

adjective

from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheldan anonymous letter
having no known name
lacking individual characteristics; unexceptional
(often capital) denoting an organization which provides help to applicants who remain anonymousAlcoholics Anonymous

Derived forms of anonymous

anonymity (ˌænəˈnɪmɪtɪ), nounanonymously, adverbanonymousness, noun

Word Origin for anonymous

C17: via Late Latin from Greek anōnumos, from an- + onoma name
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