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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unknown, unknown region, terra incognitanoun

    an unknown and unexplored region

    "they came like angels out the unknown"

  2. stranger, alien, unknownnoun

    anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

  3. unknown, unknown quantityadjective

    a variable whose values are solutions of an equation

  4. unknownadjective

    not known

    "an unknown amount"; "an unknown island"; "an unknown writer"; "an unknown source"

  5. nameless, unidentified, unknown, unnamedadjective

    being or having an unknown or unnamed source

    "a poem by an unknown author"; "corporations responsible to nameless owners"; "an unnamed donor"

  6. unknownadjective

    not known to exist

    "things obscurely felt surged up from unknown depths"

  7. obscure, unknown, unsungadjective

    not famous or acclaimed

    "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes of the war"

  8. strange, unknownadjective

    not known before

    "used many strange words"; "saw many strange faces in the crowd"; "don't let anyone unknown into the house"


  1. unknownnoun

    A variable (usually x, y or z) whose value is to be found.

  2. unknownnoun

    Any fact or place about which nothing is known (as in the phrase "into the unknown").

  3. unknownnoun

    A person of no identity; a nonentity

  4. unknownadjective

    Not known; unidentified; not well known.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unknownadjective

    ’Tis not unknown to you,
    How much I have disabled my estate. William Shakespeare.

    Many are the trees of God, that grow
    In paradise, and various, yet unknown
    To us. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Here may I always on this downy grass,
    Unknown, unseen, my easy minutes pass. Wentworth Dillon.

    If any chance has hither brought the name
    Of Palamedes, not unknown to fame,
    Accus’d and sentenc’d for pretended crimes. Dryden.

    Though incest is indeed a deadly crime,
    You are not guilty, since unknown ’twas done,
    And known, had been abhorr’d. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    At fear of death, that saddens all
    With terrors round, can reason hold her throne?
    Despise the known, nor tremble at th’ unknown. Alexander Pope.

    The planting of hemp and flax would be an unknown advantage to the kingdom. Francis Bacon.

    I am yet
    Unknown to woman; never was forsworn. William Shakespeare.

    We stopped at a little inn, where the man of the house, formerly a servant in the knight’s family, to do honour to his old master, had, unknown to Sir Roger, put him up in a sign-post. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 122.


  1. unknown

    Unknown refers to something that is not known, not discovered, not identified, or not understood. It often applies to information, facts, variables, or situations that are yet to be determined or revealed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unknownadjective

    not known; not apprehended

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. unknown

    1. A code meaning

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'UNKNOWN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2303

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'UNKNOWN' in Adjectives Frequency: #315

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of UNKNOWN in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of UNKNOWN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of UNKNOWN in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Palahniuk:

    People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.

  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu:

    For me, it was jumping into an unknown territory, which is the comedy and shooting it in an unprecedented way, i was jumping into something that I was very ignorant about how difficult it was.

  3. Colleen Lynn:

    There are over 100 dog breeds that are far more suitable to perform tasks for persons with disabilities than pit bulls, especially rescued pit bulls with unknown backgrounds.

  4. Alekos Karagiorgis:

    It doesn't feel right, seeing a child of unknown identity, an unknown child, a child of 'roughly this age', it doesn't matter if it's your job. It breaks your heart.

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Focus more on today than tomorrow, for tomorrow it's like a folded letter, an untold story and unknown journey.

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