[ in-kog-nee-toh, in-kog-ni-toh ]
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  1. having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions.

  1. with the real identity concealed: to travel incognito.

noun,plural in·cog·ni·tos for 3, 5.
  1. a person who is incognito.

  2. the state of being incognito.

  1. the disguise or character assumed by an incognito.

Origin of incognito

First recorded in 1630–40; from Italian, from Latin incognitus “unknown,” from in- in-3 + cognitus “known” (past participle of cognōscere “to get to know”; see cognition)

Other words for incognito

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British Dictionary definitions for incognito


/ (ˌɪnkɒɡˈniːtəʊ, ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtəʊ) /

adverb, adjective(postpositive)
  1. under an assumed name or appearance; in disguise

nounplural -tos
  1. a person who is incognito

  2. the assumed name or disguise of such a person

Origin of incognito

C17: from Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in- 1 + cognitus known

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