Anonymous meaning

ə-nŏn'ə-məs
Having an unknown or unacknowledged name.

An anonymous author.

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The definition of anonymous is of unknown name or origin.

An author who does not put his name on his books is an example of someone who is anonymous.

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Having no distinctive character or recognition factor.
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Having an unknown or withheld authorship or agency.

An anonymous letter.

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Having an unknown or unacknowledged name.

An anonymous author.

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Having an unknown or withheld authorship or agency.

An anonymous letter.

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Given, written, etc. by a person whose name is withheld or unknown.
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(comparable, figuratively) Lacking individuality.

An anonymous office block in a soulless industrial estate.

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Having no distinctive character or recognition factor.
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With no name known or acknowledged.
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Not easily distinguished from others or from one another because of a lack of individual features or character.
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(1) Nameless. See anonymous post and anonymous Web surfing.
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Computer crackers commonly attempt to exploit a computer system by sending messages in an anonymous fashion—protecting their identity from being disclosed. Anonymous accounts are used widely to access information and software-sharing systems on computers mainly using the FTP. The user accesses the systems by utilizing a user name of “anonymous” or “guest” without a password.
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(not comparable) Lacking a name; not named and determined, as an animal not assigned to any species.
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(not comparable) Without any name acknowledged of a person responsible, as that of author, contributor, or the like.

An anonymous pamphlet; an anonymous subscription.

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(not comparable) Of unknown name; whose name is withheld.

An anonymous author; an anonymous benefactor.

No customer personal data will be retained unless it is rendered anonymous.

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Origin of anonymous

  • From Late Latin anōnymus from Greek anōnumos nameless an- without a–1 onuma name (influenced by earlier nōnumnos nameless) nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Late Latin anōnymus from Greek anōnumos nameless an- without a–1 onuma name (influenced by earlier nōnumnos nameless) nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowed into English around 1600 from Late Latin anonymus, from Ancient Greek ἀνώνυμος (anōnumos, “without name”), from ἀν- (an, “without”) + ὄνυμα (onuma), Aeolic dialectal form of ὄνομα (onoma, “name”).
    From Wiktionary