incognito

[in-kog-nee-toh, in-kog-ni-toh]
adjective
1.
having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, especially to avoid notice or formal attentions.
adverb
2.
with the real identity concealed: to travel incognito.
noun, plural incognitos for 3, 5.
3.
a person who is incognito.
4.
the state of being incognito.
5.
the disguise or character assumed by an incognito.

Origin:
1630–40; < Italian < Latin incognitus unknown, equivalent to in- in-3 + cognitus, past participle of cognōscere to get to know; see cognition, know1


1. disguised, undisclosed, unidentified.
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incognito (ˌɪnkɒɡˈniːtəʊ, ɪnˈkɒɡnɪtəʊ)
 
adv, —adj
1.  under an assumed name or appearance; in disguise
 
n , -tos
2.  a person who is incognito
3.  the assumed name or disguise of such a person
 
[C17: from Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in-1 + cognitus known]

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incognito
1649, from It. incognito "unknown," especially in connection with traveling, from L. incognitus "unknown," from in- "not" + cognitus, pp. of cognoscere "to get to know" (see cognizance). Fem. form incognita was maintained through 19c. by those scrupulous about Latin.
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Example sentences
He arrives incognito at the court of the queen, wins her favour by manly exploits, and then departs somewhat capriciously.
He showed up at the games incognito and stayed in makeshift barracks.
The portable easily masquerades as a pocket tape-recorder, and the desktop unit travels incognito to the office.
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