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[wel-nohn] /ˈwɛlˈnoʊn/
clearly or fully known:
The well-known reasons are obvious.
generally or widely known:
a well-known painting.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English
2. prominent, famous, noted, celebrated. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for well known
  • They are well known to school officials, perhaps even too well known, but they make no apologies for being vigilant.
  • If your recommender is moderately well known and people know that she has this foible, you are still fine.
  • Law and medical students are ready for that, but the weeding out of students in the arts and sciences isn't so well known.
  • As is well known, drug costs have already declined dramatically.
  • Although not that well known, it also has a good business school with a strong undergraduate element.
  • It ought to make his paintings as well known as his prices.
  • He was well groomed, well known and savvy, while always remaining something of an enigma.
  • Spider silk is well known for some spectacular properties.
  • What's less well known is that this process extends to the cartoons.
  • The rating agencies' role in inflating the bubble is well known.
British Dictionary definitions for well known


adjective (well known when postpositive)
widely known; famous; celebrated
known fully or clearly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well known



late 15c., from well (adv.) + past participle of know.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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