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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel nohn]
    • /wɛl noʊn/
    • /wel nəʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel nohn]
    • /wɛl noʊn/

Definitions of well-known word

  • adjective well-known clearly or fully known: The well-known reasons are obvious. 1
  • adjective well-known generally or widely known: a well-known painting. 1
  • adjective well-known A well-known person or thing is known about by a lot of people and is therefore famous or familiar. If someone is well-known for a particular activity, a lot of people know about them because of their involvement with that activity. 0
  • adjective well-known A well-known fact is a fact that is known by people in general. 0
  • adjective well-known widely known; famous; celebrated 0
  • adjective well-known known fully or clearly 0

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Origin of well-known

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Well-known


well-known popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

well-known usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for well-known

adj well-known

  • a-1 — noting a vessel regarded by a shipping-classification society as being equipped to the highest standard and with equipment maintained in first-class condition.
  • a1 — in good health; physically fit
  • arrestive — tending to arrest
  • big gun — If you refer to someone as a big gun, you mean that they have a lot of power or influence.

adjective well-known

  • celebrious — (obsolete) famous.
  • documented — a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.
  • eminent — (of a person) Famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession.
  • established — (of a custom, belief, practice, or institution) Having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted.
  • esthetic — Alternative spelling of aesthetic.

Antonyms for well-known

adj well-known

  • backdoor — You can use backdoor to describe an action or process if you disapprove of it because you think it has been done in a secret, indirect, or dishonest way.
  • confidential — Information that is confidential is meant to be kept secret or private.

Top questions with well-known

  • what well-known storybook was written by l frank baum?

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