Unbeknownst meaning

ŭnbĭ-nōnst
Without the knowledge of a specified party. Used with to .

Our cousin had been ill for years, unbeknownst to the family.

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Unknown or unperceived; without one's knowledge.
adjective
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(followed by to) Without the knowledge of.

He went home early, unbeknownst to his mother.

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Unbeknown.
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Origin of unbeknownst

  • unbeknown -st (as in amongst)

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

  • C. 1636: unusual form of un- +"Ž beknown

    From Wiktionary

  • WOTD - 23 June 2012

    From Wiktionary