anonymous

[uh-non-uh-muhs]
adjective
1.
without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
2.
of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
3.
lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin anōnymus < Greek anṓnymos, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōnym(a) (variant of ónyma) -onym (earlier (a)n- with vowel lengthening; cf. anopheles) + -os adj. suffix; see -ous

anonymousness, noun
anonymously, adverb
nonanonymousness, noun

1. anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous ; 2. anonymous, pseudonymous.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To anonymous
Collins
World English Dictionary
anonymous (əˈnɒnɪməs)
 
adj
1.  from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheld: an anonymous letter
2.  having no known name
3.  lacking individual characteristics; unexceptional
4.  (often capital) denoting an organization which provides help to applicants who remain anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek anōnumos, from an- + onoma name]
 
anonymity
 
n
 
a'nonymously
 
adv
 
a'nonymousness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

anonymous
c.1600, from Gk. anonymos "without a name," from an- "without" + onyma, Æolic dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name). Related: Anonymity (1820).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In college fund raising, anonymous donors typically aren't truly anonymous.
But the author, who had been repeatedly imprisoned for his opposition to the
  British government, remained anonymous.
Companies are using an old legal tool, the subpoena, to expose anonymous
  posters on Internet discussion boards.
As the anonymous voice droned on, the official had slammed the receiver down on
  its cradle.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;