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American English: /ˌənˈnoʊn/
British English: /ʌnˈnəʊn/

Translation of unknown in Spanish:


  • 1 (not known)
    her whereabouts are unknown
    se desconoce su paradero
    the true story was unknown until recently
    la verdad se desconocía hasta hace poco
    the Unknown Soldier
    el soldado desconocido
    it is virtually unknown for anyone to refuse
    prácticamente nunca se niega nadie
    unknown to somebodythat was unknown to me
    eso no lo sabía
    facts unknown to most of us
    hechos que la mayoría de nosotros desconocíamos
    Example sentences
    • But behind these familiar figures is an unknown Ganesha, whose origins lie deep in the subcontinent's prehistory.
    • We fly and survey the familiar and yet unknown path below us and then we land and rest our eyes and minds and sun-seared souls.
    • As Shawn and I were continuing our way to unknown territory, I spotted a familiar figure leaving some disco with a few other people.
  • 2 (not famous)
    she was completely unknown a year ago
    hace un año era una total desconocida
    Example sentences
    • They are usually painted by nonacademic artists and unknown painters.
    • The collection includes the famous as well as the not so famous and unknown artists too.
    • So whether the production is large-scale or small, performed in London or Chichester, with famous or unknown actors is irrelevant to its success.


  • 1 uncountable (phenomenon, experience) the unknown
    lo desconocido
    a journey into the unknown
    un viaje a lo desconocido
  • 2 countable (Mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • There is, however, work in progress concerning the numerical solution of linear equations with several unknowns using electrical circuits.
    • He sets up the coefficients of the system of three linear equations in three unknowns as a table on a ‘counting board’.
    • This leads to 5 linear equations in 5 unknowns and he refers the reader to an appendix containing Cramer's rule for their solution.
  • 3 countable (person)
    desconocido, (-da) (masculine, feminine)
    Example sentences
    • More importantly for his reputation, the scientific world was bewildered that a relative unknown had out-thought and out-designed the world's finest minds.
    • A decade ago, he was a relative unknown in a minority party.
    • Indeed, with all the attention that has surrounded him of late, it's easy to forget that Fiennes was a relative unknown outside the West End five years ago.


  • unknown to her
    sin ella saberlo
    sin que ella lo supiera
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