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incognito

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

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

QuotationsEdit

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

TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

incognito (not comparable)

  1. Without revealing one's identity.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

incognito

  1. incognito

AdverbEdit

incognito (masculine and feminine, plural incognitos)

  1. incognito

NounEdit

incognito m (plural incognitos)

  1. incognito

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. unknown

NounEdit

incognito m (plural incogniti)

  1. incognito

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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