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desconocido, -a
1. unknown (no conocido)
  • lo desconocido, -a -> the unknown
  • nació en 1821, de padre desconocido, -a -> he was born in 1821, and it is not known who his father was
  • su nombre no me es del todo desconocido, -a -> I've heard his name
2. (extraño)
  • no dé su teléfono o dirección a personas desconocidas -> don't give your telephone number or address to strangers
3. (muy cambiado)
  • estar desconocido, -a -> to have changed beyond all recognition
masculine or feminine noun
4. stranger (extraño)
5. unkown (persona sin fama)
6. unidentified person (persona sin identificar)

desconocido [des-co-no-thee’-do, dah]
1. Strange, unknown, ungrateful.
  • Por razones desconocidas -> for reasons which are not known
2. Much changed.
  • Está desconocido -> he is much altered
3. Stranger. (m & f)

desconocidoa desconocida
1 (gen) unknown
su apellido me es totalmente desconocido his surname is completely unfamiliar to me; una explosión de origen desconocido an explosion of unknown origin; por razones desconocidas for reasons which are not known (to us etc); el triunfo de un atleta desconocido the success of an unknown athlete; tiene miedo a lo desconocido he's afraid of the unknown
estar desconocido: con ese traje estás desconocido I'd hardly recognize you o you're unrecognizable in that suit; después del divorcio está desconocido he's a changed person o he's like a different person since the divorce
un desconocido llamó a la puerta a stranger knocked on the door; unos desconocidos le dispararon por la espalda some unidentified attackers shot him in the back

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