What does ken mean?

Definitions for kenkɛn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cognizance, ken(noun)

    range of what one can know or understand

    "beyond my ken"

  2. sight, ken(noun)

    the range of vision

    "out of sight of land"


  1. ken(Noun)

    Knowledge or perception.

  2. ken(Noun)

    Range of sight.

  3. ken(Verb)

    To know, perceive or understand.

  4. ken(Verb)

    To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry.

  5. Ken(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the male given name Kenneth.

  6. Origin: Northern and Scottish dialects from cennan originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan, from kenna, from kannijanan, causative of . Cognate to kennen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ken(noun)

    a house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves

  2. Ken

    to know; to understand; to take cognizance of

  3. Ken

    to recognize; to descry; to discern

  4. Ken(verb)

    to look around

  5. Ken(noun)

    cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge

  6. Origin: [Perh. from kennel.]


  1. Ken

    Ken is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ken

    ken, v.t. to know: (arch.) to see and recognise at a distance.—n. range of knowledge or sight.—n. Ken′ning (Bacon), range of vision: (Scot.) a small portion.—adj. Ken′speckle (Scot.), conspicuous—also Ken′speck. [Ice. kenna, orig. to cause to know. Cf. can and know.]

  2. Ken

    ken, n. (slang) a house. [Perh. Pers. khān, a caravansary; not conn. with kennel.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. ken

    1. [Unix] Ken Thompson, principal inventor of Unix. In the early days he used to hand-cut distribution tapes, often with a note that read “Love, ken”. Old-timers still use his first name (sometimes uncapitalized, because it's a login name and mail address) in third-person reference; it is widely understood (on Usenet, in particular) that without a last name ‘Ken’ refers only to Ken Thompson. Similarly, ‘Dennis’ without last name means Dennis Ritchie (and he is often known as dmr). See also demigod, Unix. 2. A flaming user. This was originated by the Software Support group at Symbolics because the two greatest flamers in the user community were both named Ken.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ken' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3479

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1894


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ken in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

    Ken Taylor represented the very best that Canada's foreign service has to offer.

  2. Burl Barer:

    You can buy Talking Barbie anywhere, but you can't even special order Listening Ken.

  3. Nora Zamichow:

    What Ken's article spelled out for me was, 'Wait a minute, you know, we did not get the full range of options,'.

  4. Ken Padowitz:

    ``Mr. Adkins lost the Florida state lottery and won an all-expense-paid trip to the Florida state prison for 18 months,``said Assistant State Attorney Ken Padowitz, who prosecuted him.

  5. Ken Mehlman:

    There’s a strong Republican and conservative case to be made in favor of the right to marry,” Ken Mehlman told the room. “If we are all endowed by a creator with unalienable rights including the pursuit of happiness, how can that not include marrying the person you love?”

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