1 place/thing that you know nothing about
big, great

What the weather will be like on the day is, as always, the great unknown.

explore, face, step into, venture into
a journey into the unknown, a leap into the unknown, a voyage into the unknown

This action represents a leap into the unknown.

Motherhood was for her a journey into the unknown.

fear of the unknown
2 sb who is not well known

The championship was won by a complete unknown.

relative, virtual

a cast of virtual unknowns


These sites remain largely unknown to the British public.

completely, entirely, quite (BrE), totally, utterly (esp. AmE)

His whereabouts were quite unknown during this period.

almost, practically, virtually

This drug was practically unknown in Britain.

largely, mostly
comparatively, relatively

a comparatively unknown actor

She was then still relatively unknown.

as yet, currently, still
heretofore (formal, esp. AmE), hitherto, previously

a period of democratic development previously unknown in their country


He cites the works of two otherwise unknown authors.


Gold was totally unknown to their civilization.

for parts unknown, to parts unknown

She departed for parts unknown.

for reasons unknown, for unknown reasons
Unknown is used with these nouns: ↑actor, actress, ↑artist, ↑cause, ↑destination, ↑fate, ↑language, ↑location, ↑number, ↑origin, ↑planet, ↑poet, ↑substance, ↑terrain, ↑territory, ↑whereabouts

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