(especially of a prisoner) deprived of any communication with others.

Origin of incommunicado

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish incomunicado. See in-3, communicate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incommunicado

isolated, secluded

Examples from the Web for incommunicado

Contemporary Examples of incommunicado

Historical Examples of incommunicado

  • I really was incommunicado so far as the outside world was concerned.

    The Road

    Jack London

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for incommunicado


adverb, adjective

(postpositive) deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement

Word Origin for incommunicado

C19: from Spanish incomunicado, from incomunicar to deprive of communication; see in- 1, communicate
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Word Origin and History for incommunicado

1844, American English, from Spanish incomunicado, past participle of incomunicar "deprive of communication," from in- "not" + comunicar "communicate," from Latin communicare "to share, impart" (see communication).

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