Unbeknown meaning

ŭnbĭ-nōn
Occurring or existing without being known; unknown.

A crisis unbeknown to us.

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Origin of unbeknown

  • un– obsolete beknown known (from Middle English beknowen) (past participle of beknowen to get to know) (from Old English becnāwan) (be- be-) (cnāwan to know know)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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