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unbeknown Line breaks: un|be¦known
Pronunciation: /ʌnbɪˈnəʊn/
(also unbeknownstʌnbɪˈnəʊnst)

Definition of unbeknown in English:


(unbeknown to)
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'.

Words that rhyme with unbeknown

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