: generally recognized
a known authority on art

Examples of known in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are no known dairy cattle cases in California. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 There are no known cases of the Oropouche virus in the United States. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 30 May 2024 This thought of the tiny speck of Earth harboring all known life circling in an inky void seems to spur his singular obsession with falling birth rates. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 May 2024 And at that hour, just after 3 a.m., there were no known witnesses walking around. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for known 

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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: generally recognized
a known expert on art

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