[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. incog,
  2. incog.,
  3. incogitable,
  4. incogitant,
  5. incognita,
  6. incognizant,
  7. incoherence,
  8. incoherency,
  9. incoherent,
  10. incohesive

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. 2019

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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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