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unbeknown

[ uhn-bi-nohn ]
/ ˌʌn bɪˈnoʊn /
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adjective

unknown; unperceived; without one's knowledge (usually followed by to).

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Also un·be·knownst [uhn-bi-nohnst]. /ˌʌn bɪˈnoʊnst/.

Origin of unbeknown

1630–40; un-1 + beknown (late Middle English beknowe, past participle of beknowen); see be-, known
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British Dictionary definitions for unbeknown

unbeknown
/ (ˌʌnbɪˈnəʊn) /

adverb

(sentence modifier foll by to) without the knowledge (of a person)unbeknown to him she had left the country Also (esp Brit): unbeknownst

adjective

(postpositive usually foll by to) rare not known (to)

Word Origin for unbeknown

C17: from the archaic beknown known; see be-, know
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