Definition of anonymous in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnänəməs/


1(Of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name: the anonymous author of Beowulf the donor’s wish to remain anonymous an anonymous phone call
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  • One anonymous student raises the concern that women are overly sexualized in society.
  • Certainly the purpose of these tests is that they are anonymous and the identity of the riders does not come out in public.
  • People are not anonymous in cyberspace, as they construct identities that they use there.
unnamed, of unknown name, nameless, incognito, unidentified, unknown, unsourced, secret
unsigned, unattributed
1.1Having no outstanding, individual, or unusual features; unremarkable or impersonal: the anonymous black car waiting to take him to the airport a faceless, anonymous group
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  • In the past both have been fitful performers, outstanding one day anonymous the next.
  • We are not mechanical pieces of a political machine, individuals in an anonymous society.
  • And the seven women in black were anonymous because their robes made them so.
characterless, nondescript, impersonal, faceless
1.2 [postpositive] Used in names of support groups for addicts of a substance or behavior to indicate the confidentiality maintained among members of the group: Alcoholics Anonymous Debtors Anonymous
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  • Arizona is host to more than 500 Alcoholics Anonymous groups.
  • After Joe lands in the hospital, he realizes that he is an alcoholic and must seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous if he's ever to regain his life again.
  • Research has shown that Australians who have tried Gamblers Anonymous find the evangelical approach and the 12-step program far too difficult.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek anōnumos 'nameless' (from an- 'without' + onoma 'name') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with anonymous

eponymous, Hieronymus, pseudonymous, synonymous

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Syllabification: a·non·y·mous

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