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incognito (adj) in disguise; under a false identity.

If a person remains incognito they do not let others know who they are. They wish and arrange to be known by a false name and assume a false identity. When a person moves about incognito, they move about in disguise, so that people may not identify them. Very popular movie stars, VIPs, on personal journeys, etc., remain incognito for fear of being mobbed by fans and flowers; that is, they conceal their real names and identity.

  • It was the practice of certain rulers in the olden days to move about their kingdom incognito to know their subjects’ opinion about their rule.
  • The movie star was not quite successful in remaining incognito. Her fur hood slipped off and people saw who she was.
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