: fully or widely known

Examples of well-known in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to Spy Kids, PenaVega is well-known for her role in the 2004 teen comedy film Sleepover about a group of friends who go on an adventure together before entering high school. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 California is well-known for its skyscraping real estate prices. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 However, two of your medicines, amiodarone and methotrexate, are both well-known for potentially causing lung disease. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2023 Serial entrepreneur Ben Lamm’s company Colossal has become well-known for its lofty goals of resurrecting the dead through genetic sequencing and engineering. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 The most common varieties of edible seaweed in cooking Nori: Used in sushi, this is among the healthiest and most well-known seaweed. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2023 The euthanized bear was well-known in the Telluride area, and had been hazed away from public spaces by wildlife enforcement before. Kara Nelson, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 Legging-like Lululemon is well-known for its leggings, sports bras and other stylish activewear, including pieces that made it onto our list of the best athleisure outfits, according to fitness pros. Karen I. Chen, wsj.com, 15 Sep. 2023 There is, of course, the more wild side to Burning Man that the festival has become well-known for: the parties, drugs, music and oversized art installations. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-known was in the 15th century

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“Well-known.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-known. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: known by many people

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