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Ken \Ken\, v. i. To look around. [Obs.]


Ken \Ken\, n. Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge. ``Beyond his ken.''

Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension.

It was relief to quit the ken And the inquiring looks of men.


Ken \Ken\ (k[e^]n), n. [Perh. from kennel.] A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves. [Slang, Eng.]


Ken \Ken\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kenned (k[e^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Kenning.] [OE. kennen to teach, make known, know, AS. cennan to make known, proclaim, or rather from the related Icel. kenna to know; akin to D. & G. kennen to know, Goth. kannjan to make known; orig., a causative corresponding to AS. cunnan to know, Goth. kunnan. [root]45. See Can to be able, Know.]

  1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or Scot.]

  2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.] ``We ken them from afar.''

    'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to know," Scottish dialect, from Old English cennan "make known, declare, acknowledge" (in late Old English also "to know"), originally "make to know," causative of cunnan "to become acquainted with, to know" (see can (v.)). Cognate with German kennen, Danish kjende, Swedish känna. Related: Kenned; kenning.


"house where thieves meet," 1560s, vagabonds' slang, probably a shortening of kennel.


"range of sight," 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.


Etymology 1 n. 1 knowledge or perception. 2 (context lang=en nautical) Range of sight. vb. 1 (context lang=en transitive mostly Scotland) To know, perceive or understand. 2 (context lang=en obsolete mostly Scotland) To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry. Etymology 2

n. (context slang UK obsolete English) A house, especially a den of thief.

  1. n. range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken" [syn: cognizance]

  2. the range of vision; "out of sight of land" [syn: sight]

  3. [also: kent, kenning, kenned]

Ken (doll)

Ken (Kenneth Carson) is a Mattel toy doll introduced by Mattel in 1961 as the fictional boyfriend of toy doll Barbie, introduced in 1959. Similar to his female counterpart, Ken had a fantastically fashionable line of clothing and accessories. In the Barbie mythos, Ken and Barbie met on the set of a TV commercial in 1961. Mattel has never specified the precise nature of their relationship. Since his debut, Ken has held at least forty occupations.


Ken or KEN may refer to:

  • Ken (県) meaning " prefecture" in Japanese, see Prefectures of Japan
  • Ken (film), 1964 Japanese film
  • Kèn, musical instrument from Vietnam
  • Komisja Edukacji Narodowej, Polish National Board of Education
  • In the Scots Language/northern British dialects such as Geordie, "ken" means "know"
  • Ken (Կ կ), the fifteenth letter of the Armenian alphabet
  • Ken River in India
  • Ken (doll), a product by Mattel
  • Ken (magazine), a large-format political magazine
  • Kenmore Air
Ken (musician)

Ken (born November 28, 1968 in Maibara, Shiga, Japan) is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys (also known as S.O.A.P.) and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken.

Ken (given name)

Ken is a masculine given name. It is used either as a given name or as a short form of names starting with "Ken" (like Kenneth, Kenan, Kendrick, Kendall, Kennedy, or Kensuke). Ken is also a Japanese name which can have many different meanings depending on the kanji used.


The kèn is an instrument used in traditional Vietnamese music. It has a double reed and a conical wooden body. It produces a powerful and penetrating high-pitched sound, similar to the Chinese suona, the Korean taepyeongso, and the Persian/Indian shehnai.

The best-known player of the kèn is the award-winning musician Nguyễn Ngọc Khánh (b. 1956), who is acknowledged as a "national treasure" in Vietnam, where he is known as "Khánh of the kèn."

Ken (magazine)

Ken was a short-lived illustrated magazine first issued on April 7, 1938. It was a controversial, political, large format magazine with full page photo spreads, published every two weeks on Thursdays. It contained both articles and stories.

Ken (singer)

Lee Jae-hwan ( born April 6, 1992), better known by his stage name Ken , is a South Korean singer and actor, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. He is one of the members in the South Korean boy group VIXX and has been widely praised for his unique, soulful, and husky vocal tone. Ken began his acting career in 2013 in MBC Every 1's comedy drama Boarding House No. 24 as Lee Jaehwan.

Ken (film)

is a 1964 Japanese film directed by Kenji Misumi. From a screenplay by Kazuro Funabashi, based upon the short story Ken (Sword) by Yukio Mishima.

Ken (unit)

The is a traditional Japanese unit of length, equal to six Japanese feet (shaku). The exact value has varied over time and location but has generally been a little shorter than . It is now standardized as .

Although mostly supplanted by the metric system, this unit is a common measurement in Japanese architecture, where it is used as a proportion for the intervals between the pillars of traditional-style buildings. In this context, it is commonly translated as "bay". The length also appears in other contexts, such as the standard length of the bō staff in Japanese martial arts and the standard dimensions of the tatami mats. As these are used to cover the floors of most Japanese houses, floor surfaces are still commonly measured not in square meters but in "tatami" which are equivalent to half of a square ken.

Usage examples of "ken".

There were several women delegates and Ken made the most of their ablutions until he was distracted by the appearance of Karanja in a neat grey suit, an ingratiating grin on his face and his big ears standing out like sails.

The Powers aboon can only ken To whom the heart is seen, That nane can be sae dear to me As my sweet lovely Jean!

Even densely peopled areas like north Kent, the Sussex coast, west Gloucestershire and east Somerset, immediately adjoin areas like the Weald of Kent and Sussex where Romano-British remains hardly occur.

I kent her father afore her day, and I hae kent her sin ever she had a day.

When he was eleven years of age, both his parents were killed in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix, and the youth came under the guardianship of an aunt, since deceased, Miss Charmian Bond, and went to live with her at the quaintly-named hamlet of Pett Bottom near Canterbury in Kent.

Ken Weaver, the drummer with the Fugs, sent Miles a copy of their first album, The Village Fugs, from New York.

Ken pulled in some alumnus chits, had him tutored, the boy took the SAT four times.

In passing through a hall adjoining to her chamber, she was met by the earls of Shrewsbury and Kent, Sir Amias Paulet, Sir Drue Drury, and many other gentlemen of distinction.

Except for his anachronistic wrist recorder, he was the archetype of the questing reporter: Clark Kent, Woodward and Bernstein, and, of course, Lincoln Steffens.

Ye ken naething till ye ken God--the only ane a man can truly and railly ken!

My poor flesh freezes when I think of Ken out in the fearful anomaly now, fighting that enemy machine.

He had nothing for it but to endeavour to be the first to convey the already-blown news to Sir John Peachy, sheriff for Kent: his pains were rewarded by his being detained prisoner as a suspected person, while Sir John mustered his yeomanry, and, together with the neighbouring gentry and their retainers, marched towards Hythe, The wavering people, awed by this show of legal and military power, grew cool towards the White Rose, whose name, linked to change and a diminution of taxation, had for a moment excited their enthusiasm.

Doyle laughed back at Terry, like they baith kent the score, then smiled at the two birds.

Over half an hour the sails were snugged, and the tired ship lumped along towards the north Kent coast, with Biter dwindling into the ruck of boats and ships converging on the estuary.

Soon Kent was visible, three leagues or so, and the Biter was leaning to a good north-easterly and throwing foam.