unknown


unknown
1 adjective, adverb
1 not known about: a voyage through unknown territory | The murderer's identity remains unknown.
2 not famous: an unknown artist
3 unknown to sb without someone knowing: Unknown to the general public, peace negotiations were already taking place.
—see also: unbeknown
4 be an unknown quantity if someone or something is an unknown quantity, you do not know what their abilities are or how they are likely to behave
2 noun
1 (C) someone who is not famous: At that point in her career she was still an unknown.
2 the unknown
a) a place that is not known about or that has not been visited by humans: The astronauts began their journey into the unknown.
b) things that you do not know or understand: a fear of the unknown

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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