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Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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Recent Examples on the Web She was perhaps best known for a lacy look that evoked all manner of historical associations. Emily Langer Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Jessica McClintock, designer who outfitted prom-goers and brides, dies at 90," 1 Apr. 2021 When Ralph Stayer opened a butcher shop in 1945 in Johnsonville, Wisconsin, he became known for his bratwurst recipe. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I got the best of both worlds': Johnsonville's corporate chef finding new flavors for sausage, bratwurst," 29 Mar. 2021 We are traditionally known for our ice wines, but our Okanagan Valley offers some of the most underrated reds in comparison to the Rhone Valley in France and California's Napa Valley. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "COVID Grounded This Airline Pilot — so He's Using His Sommelier Skills to Host Virtual Wine Tastings," 26 Mar. 2021 He was perhaps best known for his participation in the development of Herceptin, a drug used to treat patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer in which tumors display an abnormally high level of the growth-promoting protein HER2. Washington Post, "José Baselga, pioneer in breast cancer treatment, dies at 61," 24 Mar. 2021 While she may be best known for her singing, considering Parton's roles in films ranging from 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias to 'Joyful Noise and Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square, she's certainly had her fair share of film roles, too. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Dolly Parton's First Record Label Wanted Her to Ditch Country Music to Be a Rock Star," 10 Mar. 2021 He is best known for his whimsical work, which imagines fantastical creatures large and small that help teach children important life lessons in couplets. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "Dr. Seuss books top Amazon's bestseller list," 5 Mar. 2021 He is best known for joining 18 other states in fighting against efforts to overturn Obamacare in the Supreme Court. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Becerra confirmation would mean left-wing ‘culture wars,' GOP senators say," 1 Mar. 2021 The best way to honor Smith’s legendary 39-year tenure as athletic director or 34 seasons as head football coach is to do what he was most known for: Winning. David Furones,, "What’s the future of St. Thomas Aquinas after legendary AD George Smith’s retirement?," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of known

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Known.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of known

: generally accepted as something specified
: included in the knowledge that all people considered as one group have
: familiar to people


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Kids Definition of known

: generally recognized She's a known liar.

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