incognito

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɪnˈkɒɡnɝtoʊ/, IPA(key): /ˌɪnkɒɡˈniːtoʊ/ (Because the second i is short, the correct Latin pronunciation puts the emphasis on the syllable "cog".)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin incognitus (unknown), from in- (not) + cognitus (known), perfect passive participle of cognoscere via Italian incognito.

Adjective[edit]

incognito (not comparable)

  1. without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal In Bohemia:
      "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, “you can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting you.”

Usage notes[edit]

This term is said especially of great personages who sometimes adopt a disguise or an assumed character in order to avoid notice.

Quotations[edit]

  • 'Twas long ago/Since gods come down incognito. —Prior.
  • The prince royal of Persia came thither incognito. —Tatler.

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

incognito (not comparable)

  1. Without revealing one's identity.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

incognito (plural incognitos)

  1. One unknown or in disguise, or under an assumed character or name.
  2. The assumption of disguise or of a feigned character; the state of being in disguise or not recognized.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incognito

  1. incognito

Adverb[edit]

incognito (masculine and feminine, plural incognitos)

  1. incognito

Noun[edit]

incognito m (plural incognitos)

  1. incognito

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incognito m (feminine incognita, masculine plural incogniti, feminine plural incognite)

  1. unknown

Noun[edit]

incognito m (plural incogniti)

  1. incognito

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incognitō

  1. dative masculine singular of incognitus
  2. dative neuter singular of incognitus
  3. ablative masculine singular of incognitus
  4. ablative neuter singular of incognitus