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incognito

[in-kog-nee-toh, in-kog-ni-toh]
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adjective
  1. having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions.
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adverb
  1. with the real identity concealed: to travel incognito.
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noun, plural in·cog·ni·tos for 3, 5.
  1. a person who is incognito.
  2. the state of being incognito.
  3. the disguise or character assumed by an incognito.
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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

Synonyms

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1. disguised, undisclosed, unidentified.
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Examples from the Web for incognito

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Historical Examples

  • But I sincerely hope you do not impute improper motives to the incognito?

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • That this interview shall be secret; your Highness be incognito.'

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • They had put on disguises so as to preserve their incognito.

  • Again, perhaps, they were as much puzzled by her incognito as she was by theirs.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • His incognito, which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a personality but a fact.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for incognito

incognito

adverb, adjective (postpositive)
  1. under an assumed name or appearance; in disguise
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noun plural -tos
  1. a person who is incognito
  2. the assumed name or disguise of such a person
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in- 1 + cognitus known
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Word Origin and History for incognito

adj./adv.

1640s, from Italian incognito "unknown," especially in connection with traveling, from Latin incognitus "unknown," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere "to get to know" (see cognizance). Fem. form incognita was maintained through 19c. by those scrupulous about Latin. Incog was a common 18c. colloquial abbreviation.

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