[ in-kuh-myoo-ni-kah-doh ]
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  1. (especially of a prisoner) deprived of any communication with others.

Origin of incommunicado

1835–45, Americanism;<Spanish incomunicado.See in-3, communicate

Words Nearby incommunicado Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incommunicado in a sentence

  • The officers and privates were supposed to be strictly "incommunicado," but even these found means of communication.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade | D. Augustus Dickert
  • So I did translate and they wanted to know if Marina was held incommunicado, and she answered.

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I get the impression that The Brain keeps incommunicado purposely.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • If we could have, we'd have even Introverted the Maintainer, broken all the ties that bind us, chanced it incommunicado.

    The Big Time | Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • How terrible it is one cannot realize until he has known those whose dear ones are confined incommunicado within that prison.

British Dictionary definitions for incommunicado


/ (ˌɪnkəˌmjuːnɪˈkɑːdəʊ) /

adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement

Origin of incommunicado

C19: from Spanish incomunicado, from incomunicar to deprive of communication; see in- 1, communicate

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