(also unbeknownst /-ˈnəʊnst/)
Without the knowledge of (someone): unbeknown to me, she made some enquiries
More example sentences
- He further relies upon the fact that, unbeknown to him, his informant status had become public knowledge.
- The informer said that, unbeknown to retailers, it could be as long as 20 days from slaughter to final use-by date for a raw chicken breast.
- There was a reason for this: unbeknown to the Reserve Bank, the major banks were working secretly and cooperatively to develop an alternative payment system that would substitute for direct debits.
mid 17th century: from un-1 'not' + archaic beknown 'known'.
Definition of unbeknown in:
- The US English dictionary