without a name; nameless.
not indicated or mentioned by name; unidentified: an unnamed lover.

Origin of unnamed

1500–10; un-1 + named
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Contemporary Examples of unnamed

Historical Examples of unnamed

  • But marriage with an unnamed and unknown heiress is one thing.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • The wives of the farm are the unnamed, unrewarded heroines of the border.

  • By far the greater number, both men and women, are unnamed and unknown.

  • Where the poem is unnamed, the first line has been used and noted in italics.

  • The gods also were not; "they were as yet unnamed and did not rule the destinies."


    Znade A. Ragozin

British Dictionary definitions for unnamed



having no name
not mentioned by namethe culprit shall remain unnamed
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Word Origin and History for unnamed

c.1500, "not mentioned by name." from un- (1) "not" + past participle of name (v.). Cf. Old Frisian unnamed, Middle Dutch ongenaemt.

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