\ ˈnōn How to pronounce known (audio) \

Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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Founded by a former ballerina and surfer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, the brand is most known for its scalloped swimsuits but has expanded its repertoire to include gingham print and fringe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 Tyson is probably best known to contemporary audiences for playing Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis's Annalise Keating, on How to Get Away with Murder. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cicely Tyson Will Make History at the Oscars Tonight," 25 Feb. 2019 While Drake has been wearing plenty of custom menswear from storied labels, sporting a lesser-known designer is a new stepping stone. Vogue, "Which Iconic Bombshell Is Drake Repping Now?," 15 Apr. 2019 Goya’s label, which was launched in 2006, has become known for its striking day dresses, though the designer has shown strong suiting before. Vogue, "Michelle Obama Calls on This Danish Designer for the Copenhagen Leg of Her Book Tour," 10 Apr. 2019 The producer has become known for showcasing the talents of older actresses, in an industry notorious for its obsession with youth. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The series boasts and all-star cast and a darkly comedic premise.," 25 Mar. 2019 The fashion brand has already become known for its ultra-mini bags and fanny packs. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Handbags Are Getting So Small They Can Barely Fit AirPods," 26 Feb. 2019 It was created by Catherine Reitman, who also writes, executive produces, and stars the show, and is otherwise best known for her roles in ABC’s hit show Black-ish and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Lindsey Benoit O’connell, Good Housekeeping, "Netflix's 'Workin' Moms' Gets Me More Than Any Other Show," 7 Mar. 2019 More than shipyards and docked crabbing boats, it’s become known for chic boutiques and hip restaurants such as the Walrus and the Carpenter. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of known

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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