from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Widely known; familiar or famous: a well-known performer.
  • adj. Fully known: well-known facts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Familiar, famous, renowned or widely known.
  • adj. Generally recognised; reserved for some usual purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fully known; generally known or acknowledged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fully or familiarly known; clearly apprehended; generally acknowledged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. frequently experienced; known closely or intimately
  • adj. widely or fully known


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  • On each occasion, he has offered us nothing beyond Alinsky's name, as though he were referring to as well-known a person as, for example, Steven Spielberg or Paula Abdul.

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  • In a Los Angeles courtroom, two big industries are going after each other over the definition of a word well-known by every first-grader: sugar.

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  • They would talk to each other on the set in some kind of comedy shorthand, calling out play numbers to each other, as if they were referring to a well-known joke catalog.

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  • Related to this word, etymologically, is a word more well-known in the West: karma—meaning “inevitable cause and effect.”

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  • The term is well-known to conservatives as the one used by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas when Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings.

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  • It's also been called a zoo, a 'ghetto mansion' and, most often, simply First United, a name as well-known to city police and emergency room doctors as to the hundreds of people who troop through its doors.

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  • He said "a crowd of demonstrators tried to assault Ambassador Ford and embassy colleagues" as they were preparing to meet Mr. Abdel-Azim, whom Mr. Toner described as a "well-known Syrian political figure."

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  • Ten people were arrested at Charing Cross railway station for carrying anti-royalist placards and a man police called a "well-known anarchist" was arrested in Cambridge.

    The Guardian World News

  • He was well-known in most states and much loved in many.

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