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well-known

[wel-nohn] /ˈwɛlˈnoʊn/
adjective
1.
clearly or fully known:
The well-known reasons are obvious.
2.
generally or widely known:
a well-known painting.
Origin of well-known
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75
Synonyms
2. prominent, famous, noted, celebrated.
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  • Eudora started, when she saw the well-known writing of Philæmon.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It is a well-known fact that all living beings like to be comfortable.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • This is too well-known a truth for me to endeavor to conceal it, especially from you.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • For several years he had been cashier in a well-known banking-house.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • The well-known poem, beginning, "Guid morning to your Majesty."

British Dictionary definitions for well-known

well-known

adjective (well known when postpositive)
1.
widely known; famous; celebrated
2.
known fully or clearly
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Word Origin and History for well-known
adj.

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

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