Definition of incognito in English:


Syllabification: in·cog·ni·to
Pronunciation: /ˌinkäɡˈnēdō

adjective& adverb

(Of a person) having one’s true identity concealed: [as adjective]: in order to observe you have to be incognito [as adverb]: he is now operating incognito
More example sentences
  • The road to perversion is cast with such anonymous faces, individuals incognito.
  • With distinction and excellence writ large over their existence, even when they are forced to live incognito lives, their brilliance soon gives them away and the rest of the less endowed people are soon after their blood.
  • With the president said to spend no more than one or two nights in the same place, to travel incognito and even to employ mustachioed, cigar-chomping lookalikes, this could prove easier said than done.
under an assumed name, under a false name, in disguise, disguised, under cover, in plain clothes, camouflaged, unidentified;
secretly, anonymously

noun (plural incognitos)

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An assumed or false identity.
More example sentences
  • William thinks it's farcical and plays it up but amongst friends incognitos are simply unfunny bores.
  • Leach is a minor character and the fact that Larsen effortlessly penetrated his incognito has no central plot significance.
  • The incognito of lower class employment is an effective cloak for any dagger one might wish to hide.


mid 17th century: from Italian, literally 'unknown', from Latin incognitus, from in- 'not' + cognitus (past participle of cognoscere 'know').

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