[ in-kog-nee-toh, in-kog-ni-toh ]
/ ˌɪn kɒgˈni toʊ, ɪnˈkɒg nɪˌtoʊ /


having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions.


with the real identity concealed: to travel incognito.

noun, plural in·cog·ni·tos for 3, 5.

a person who is incognito.
the state of being incognito.
the disguise or character assumed by an incognito.

Origin of incognito

1630–40; < Italian < Latin incognitus unknown, equivalent to in- in-3 + cognitus, past participle of cognōscere to get to know; see cognition, know1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for incognito

/ (ˌɪnkɒɡˈniːtəʊ, ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtəʊ) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

under an assumed name or appearance; in disguise

noun plural -tos

a person who is incognito
the assumed name or disguise of such a person

Word Origin for incognito

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