- Ken is defined as the range of what you know.
An example of ken is your knowledge of things from cooking to baseball statistics.
transitive verbkenned, kenning
- Scot. to know
- Archaic to see; look at; descry
- Now Chiefly Dial. to recognize
Origin of kenMiddle English kennen ; from Old English cennan, literally , to cause to know ; from an unverified form kannjan ; from base of can, akin to German kennen, Old Norse kenna, to know
- Rare range of vision
- mental perception; range of knowledge: that is beyond my ken
Origin of kencontr. < kenning
- Perception; understanding: complex issues well beyond our ken.
- a. Range of vision.b. View; sight.
verbkenned kenned or kent , ken·ning, kens Scots
- To know (a person or thing).
- To recognize.
Origin of kenFrom Middle English kennen (influenced by Old Norse kenna, to know), from Old English cennan, to declare; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
In common usage a fossil word, found only in the phrase beyond one’s ken.
(third-person singular simple present kens, present participle kenning, simple past and past participle kenned or kent)
Northern and Scottish dialects from Old English cennan (“make known, declare, acknowledge”) originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan (“to become acquainted with, to know”), from Old Norse kenna (“know, perceive”), from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną, causative of *kunnaną (“be able”). Cognate to German kennen (“to know, be acquainted with someone/something”).
The noun meaning “range of sight” is a nautical abbreviation of present participle kenning.
Perhaps from kennel.