Ken

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Northern and Scottish dialects from Old English cennan (make known, declare, acknowledge) originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan (to become acquainted with, to know), from Old Norse kenna (know, perceive), from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*kannijaną}}, causative of {{gem-pro|*kunnaną||be able}}. Cognate to [[kennen#|kennen]] (to know, be acquainted with someone/something). The noun meaning “range of sight” is a nautical abbreviation of present participle [[kenning#|kenning]].

Noun

Ken (uncountable)

  1. Knowledge or perception.
  2. (Articlesnautical) Range of sight.
Usage notes
In common usage a fossil word, found only in the phrase [[beyond one's ken#|beyond one’s ken]].
Coordinate terms
Quotations
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Translations

Verb

Ken (third-person singular simple present [[kens#|kens]], present participle [[kenning#|kenning]], simple past and past participle [[kenned#|kenned]])
  1. (ArticlestransitiveArticles, mostlyArticles, Scotland) To know, perceive or understand.
  2. (ArticlesobsoleteArticles, mostlyArticles, Scotland) To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      I proposed to the Mariners, that it would be of great benefit in Navigation to make use of [the telescope] upon the round-top of a ship, to discover and kenne Vessels afar off.
    • Addison
      We ken them from afar.
    • Shakespeare
      'Tis he. I ken the manner of his gait.
Quotations
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Derived terms
Translations
References

Etymology 2

Perhaps from [[kennel#|kennel]].

Noun

Ken (plural [[Kens#|Kens]])
  1. (ArticlesslangArticles, UKArticles, obsolete) A house, especially a den of thieves.

Afrikaans

Noun

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  1. chin

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

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Anagrams


Finnish

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Etymology

From the same Template:Proto:urj-pro {{urj-pro|*ki}} as Hungarian [[ki#|ki]] and Ter Sami {{ Template:Sjt/script |[[kie#Template:Sjt|kie]]|face=term|lang=sjt}}.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

Template:Fi-pron

  1. (ArticlesinterrogativeArticles, archaic) who; (when followed by a modifier in elative case, -sta/-stä) which one (of + a noun referring to people).
  2. (ArticlesindefiniteArticles, archaic) whoever.

Inflection

Usage notes

Synonyms


Hungarian

Etymology

Unknown[[Category: terms with unknown etymologies|Ken]] origin.

Pronunciation

Verb

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  1. to smear

Conjugation

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Derived terms

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Japanese

Romanization

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Kurdish

Noun

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  1. laugh
  2. smile

Ladino

Etymology

From [[quem#|quĕm]], accusative of [[qui#|qui]].

Pronoun

Template:Lad-pron

  1. who, whom
  2. whoever, whomever

Mandarin

Romanization

Ken

  1. Template:Nonstandard spelling of
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Usage notes


Scots

Etymology

From Old English cennan (make known, declare, acknowledge), originally "make to know", causative of cunnan (to become acquainted with, to know).

Noun

Template:Sco-noun

  1. knowledge or perception

Verb

Template:Sco-verb

  1. (Articlestransitive) To know, perceive or understand.
    Do ye ken John Peel with his coat so gay? - 18th century ballad
    • Dae ye ken Ken kens Ken?
      Do you know Ken knows Ken?"

Tok Pisin

Etymology

[[can#|can]]

Verb

{{ Template:Tpi/script |Ken|face=head|lang=tpi}}

  1. can

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Veps

Etymology

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Pronoun

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  1. who Template:Gloss

Inflection

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Derived terms

References

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