from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of unknown.
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For Frensh of Paris was to hir unknowe, who imitated the style of the Court, and, consequently,
Beginning with Chaucer, his "Canterbury Pilgrims" is English, both in scene and character; it is even mentioned of the Abbess that "Frenche of Paris was to her unknowe"; but his "Legende of Goode Women" might, so far as its subject-matter is concerned, have been written by a French, a Spanish, or an Italian
Frenche she spake ful fayre, 1. of Paris was to hire unknowe, 1.
The Frenche of Paris was to hire unknowe, "it may be inferred that we were greatly edified by the service.
-- And so, if so boystus a stone dothe so great wonders, none shuld be dispisid for foule colour without, while the vertu that is within is unknowe. "