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incognito

in·cog·ni·to

incognito

 
 
pronunciation:
In kag ni to
parts of speech:
adjective & adverb, noun
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part of speech: adjective & adverb
definition: in disguise; under a false identity.
They had not guessed that the man was a spy incognito.Since becoming a huge celebrity, the actor travels incognito.
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: incognitos
definition 1: a person who conceals his or her identity in order to go unnoticed.
definition 2: such a person's disguise or false identity.
definition 3: the state of having one's identity concealed.
similar words:
masquerade
Word Parts
The word incognito contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
cogn, cognit, gnor Latin root that means know, knowledge
synonyms:
gnos, gnosis, gnom, -gnomy