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.


  1. from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheldan 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 anonymousAlcoholics Anonymous

c.1600, from Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anonymos “without a name,” from an- “without” (see an- (1)) + onyma, ├ćolic dialectal form of onoma “name” (see name (n.)).

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