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Definitions for anonymous
əˈnɒn ə məsanony·mous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anonymous, anon.adjective

    having no known name or identity or known source

    "anonymous authors"; "anonymous donors"; "an anonymous gift"

  2. anonymousadjective

    not known or lacking marked individuality

    "brown anonymous houses"; "anonymous bureaucrats in the Civil Service"


  1. anonymousadjective

    Lacking a name; not named and determined, as an animal not assigned to any species.

  2. anonymousadjective

    Without any name acknowledged of a person responsible, as that of author, contributor, or the like.

    an anonymous pamphlet; an anonymous subscription.

  3. anonymousadjective

    Of unknown name; whose name is withheld

    an anonymous author; an anonymous benefactor.

  4. anonymousadjective

    Lacking individuality.

    an anonymous office block in a soulless industrial estate

  5. Etymology: Borrowed into English around 1600 from anonymus, from ἀνώνυμος, from ἀν- + ὄνυμα, Aeolic dialectal form of ὄνομα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anonymousadjective

    Wanting a name.

    Etymology:priv. and ὄνομα.

    These animalcules serve also for food to another anonymous insect of the waters. John Ray, on the Creation.

    They would forthwith publish slanders unpunished, the authors being anonymous, the immediate publishers thereof sculking. Notes on the Dunciad.


  1. anonymous

    Anonymous refers to the state of being unidentified or unnamed. When a person, action, or work is anonymous, its author or actor is not known or cannot be recognized. It often aims to protect someone's identity for various reasons, such as privacy, confidentiality, or security.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anonymousadjective

    nameless; of unknown name; also, of unknown or unavowed authorship; as, an anonymous benefactor; an anonymous pamphlet or letter

  2. Etymology: [Gr. without name; 'an priv. + , Eol. for name. See Name.]


  1. Anonymous

    "Anonymous" is the second single from Bobby Valentino's second album, Special Occasion The song features and was produced by Timbaland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anonymous

    an-on′im-us, adj. wanting a name: not having the name of the author, as distinguished from pseudonymous, when another than his real name has been given.—ns. An′onym, a person whose name is not given: a pseudonym; Anonym′ity, the quality or state of being anonymous.—adv. Anon′ymously. [Gr. anōnymosa, an, neg., and onoma, name.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Anonymous is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Anonymous surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Anonymous.

    78.2% or 101 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.4% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.6% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anonymous' in Adjectives Frequency: #930

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anonymous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anonymous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of anonymous in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Carter:

    It’s so hard to tell when someone says this is anonymous or not when it’s up to them to choose whether your information is confidential or not.

  2. Mikhail Podoliak:

    As usual, mandatory anonymous retirees -- and this is key -- confirm something. Another anonymous source denies something. Once again : anonymous, without a surname, without a position and, therefore, sources that have no informational and reputational value.

  3. Brett Kavanaugh:

    No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend, it's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone. And no, I've never done anything like that.

  4. Chief Executive Yusuf Alireza:

    There is nothing in terms of our results that were impacted in anyway by any anonymous report that was released.

  5. Tim Martel:

    I’ve heard they’re all representatives of an anonymous donor, from what I’ve heard, he targets ... the fast-food-service industry.

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