Meaning of UNKNOWN in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If something is ~ to you, you have no knowledge of it.

An ~ number of demonstrators were arrested...

How did you expect us to proceed on such a perilous expedition, through ~ terrain...

The motive for the killing is ~.


An ~ is something that is ~.

The length of the war is one of the biggest ~s.



An ~ person is someone whose name you do not know or whose character you do not know anything about.

Unknown thieves had forced their way into the apartment...

I could not understand how someone with so many awards could be ~ to me.



An ~ person is not famous or publicly recognized.

He was an ~ writer.

...a popular environment where both established and ~ artists can meet, talk and drink.


An ~ is a person who is ~.

Within a short space of time a group of complete ~s had established a wholly original form of humour.



If you say that a particular problem or situation is ~, you mean that it never occurs.

A hundred years ago coronary heart disease was virtually ~ in Europe and America.

= unheard of

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ


The ~ refers generally to things or places that people do not know about or understand.

Ignorance of people brings fear, fear of the ~.

N-SING: the N

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