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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But unbeknown to Ivor, Stroud had no intention of parting with the money.
▪ Thus unbeknown to the competitors, the last valid part of the competition was removed four days before the submission date.
▪ Under the old system many women amass secret savings unbeknown to their husbands.
▪ You've crept back unbeknown to me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Unbeknown \Un`be*known"\, a. Not known; unknown. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"unknown," 1630s, from un- (1) "not" + beknown (see beknow).


a. not beknown

  1. adj. (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of; "a crisis unbeknown to me"; "she had been ill for months, unbeknownst to the family" [syn: unbeknown(p), unbeknownst(p)]

  2. adv. without someone's knowledge; "unbeknownst to me, she made all the arrangements" [syn: unbeknownst]

Usage examples of "unbeknown".

Obviously, some great power, un-known on all Caledonia, was involved, and these from Beyond controlled powers unbeknown to the holiest bedel or Keeper of the Faith.

She wuz born so, but I suppose ontirely unbeknown to her when she wuz born.

It could, he knew, have taken place at any time, totally unbeknown to all but the box user.

She took a little posy of violets with her which her hostess received with cries of delight, despite the fact that, unbeknown to Emily, there was a large greenhouse in the grounds where an elderly and crotchety gardener cherished pots of them.

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He had made certain inquiries in the neighbourhood and learned that the tall gentleman in the fawn coat was a newcomer and beyond doubt sojourned in Brightwell: but he had a notion that in that vast decaying pile a man might lodge unbeknown to the other dwellers.

The belfries seemed to be standing on tiptoe behind the houses -- like tall serving lads, who, unbeknown to their masters, have succeeded in squeezing themselves into the family group.

Americans, unbeknown to themselves, were conditioned to look upon Germany and Japan as dangerous enemies who had to be stopped.

The first days at home were supposed to have been an even greater delight than usual, for unbeknown to Adams, a huge improvement to the house had taken place in their absence.

A couple of months ago, unbeknown to Nico or me or anybody, General Nat Lyon, acting on orders from Seward and McClellan, arrested a bunch of the pro-secesh lawmakers on their way to some Maryland mischief in Frederick.

He should never have reached that stage but, unbeknown to Josh and Kathy, Arthur has been in the pub all day.

Then a third shot was fired--was fired at walls, which, unbeknown to the pirates, were one-hundred-and-sixty-six feet thick at the base.

He would lean back in his chair if it was likely to survive the experience, but the flimsy framework has already collapsed once, to be stuck together again, unbeknown to his landlady.

A few items he will put in a suitcase in the morning and take to the office, unbeknown to Judith.

What comedies and tragedies are played out unbeknown to him, a few minutes from home?