: generally recognized
a known authority on art

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Although there's little known about the couple's beginnings, Kelly shares a daughter with Cannon, Casie Colson Baker, who was born in July 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. People Staff, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2022 The less known about The Eternal Daughter, the quicker its lovely ache will sneak up on you, after an early stretch that's faintly close to Hammer-horror spookiness. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 2 Dec. 2022 Reporters unearthed information indicating that Furrow had close relationships with known white nationalists, and also that he had been evaluated by Washington State’s mental-health system only months before the attack. Janell Ross, Time, 2 Dec. 2022 Coy Middlebrook, the acting chief artistic officer, said the Wallis was hoping a new audience would be drawn by the promise of an innovative production powered by the music of two known rock celebrities. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Or Gerwig, more known for her directing and screenwriting efforts than her acting, who is a revelation here as the quietly, but deeply traumatized Babbette. Joey Morona, cleveland, 29 Nov. 2022 The event will hosted by Clara Amfo, who’s best known for her work on BBC Radio 1, and actor-producer-director Daniel Dae Kim. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2022 While Rolls-Royce is best known for its luxury car company, its separate aerospace company has become an industry leader in aircraft engines. Justin Klawans, The Week, 28 Nov. 2022 Fox’s Beat Shazam and CBS’ TKO — though none have come close to the type of breakout hits for which he is best known for delivering. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of known was in the 14th century

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“Known.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/known. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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: generally recognized
a known expert on art

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