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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With one's identity disguised or concealed.
  • n. One whose identity is disguised or concealed.
  • n. The condition of having a disguised or concealed identity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title.
  • adv. Without revealing one's identity.
  • n. One unknown or in disguise, or under an assumed character or name.
  • n. The assumption of disguise or of a feigned character; the state of being in disguise or not recognized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title; -- said esp. of great personages who sometimes adopt a disguise or an assumed character in order to avoid notice.
  • n. One unknown or in disguise, or under an assumed character or name.
  • n. The assumption of disguise or of a feigned character; the state of being in disguise or not recognized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unknown; disguised under an assumed name and character: generally with reference to a man, usually of some distinction, who passes, actually or conventionally, as in travel, under an assumed name or in disguise, in order to avoid notice or attention.
  • n. A man unknown, or in disguise, or living under an assumed name.
  • n. Concealment; state of concealment; assumption of a disguise or of a feigned character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. with your identity concealed
  • adv. without revealing one's identity

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin incognitus, unknown : in-, not; see in-1 + cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn, recognize; see cognition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incognitus ("unknown"), from in- ("not") + cognitus ("known"), perfect passive participle of cognoscere via Italian incognito. (Wiktionary)

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