Meaning of “well known” in the English Dictionary

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"well known" in British English

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well knownadjective

uk /ˌwel ˈnəʊn/ us /ˌwel ˈnoʊn/

A2 known or recognized by many people:

Her views on the subject are already well known.
[ + that ] It is well known that he never gives interviews.
The restaurant is well known for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service.
a well-known local artist
[ before noun ] a well-known face/voice

More examples

  • One of the papers is running a competition in which you've got to parody a well-known author.
  • The bomb attack was in retaliation for the recent arrest of two well-known terrorists.
  • The Princess Royal is a well-known patron of several charities.
  • She is well-known for her profligate spending habits.
  • Several well-known women have been troubled by stalkers recently.

(Definition of “well known” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"well-known" in American English

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known or recognized by many people:

The book is by a well-known historian.

(Definition of “well-known” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)