anonymous Definition

  • 1not identified by name; of unknown identity
  • 2having no outstanding, individual, or unusual features; unremarkable or impersonal

Using anonymous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "anonymous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The author of the book chose to remain anonymous.

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    The donation was made by an anonymous benefactor.

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    The letter was signed 'Your Anonymous Friend'.

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    The city's anonymous buildings blended together in a sea of concrete.

anonymous Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with anonymous

  • a person who provides information to a journalist or other media outlet without revealing their identity


    The article was based on information from an anonymous source within the company.

  • a letter sent without a return address or signature, often used to convey criticism or threats


    The politician received an anonymous letter threatening harm to his family if he did not withdraw from the race.

  • a gift of money or goods made without revealing the donor's identity


    The charity received an anonymous donation of $10,000.

Origins of anonymous

from Greek 'anōnumos', meaning 'without a name'


Summary: anonymous in Brief

'Anonymous' [əˈnɒnɪməs] refers to something or someone that is not identified by name or of unknown identity. It can also describe something that is unremarkable or impersonal. Examples include 'The author of the book chose to remain anonymous' and 'The city's anonymous buildings blended together in a sea of concrete.' Phrases like 'anonymous source' and 'anonymous donation' denote sources of information or gifts whose donors are not revealed.

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