el desconocido
-the stranger
See the entry for desconocido.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (undiscovered)
a. unknown
Un hombre fue hallado muerto en su domicilio por causas todavía desconocidas.A man was found dead in his home due to still unknown causes.
2. (not famous)
a. unknown
En ese entonces era un actor prácticamente desconocido.Back then he was a practically unknown actor.
3. (strange)
a. unfamiliar
Su cara me resulta totalmente desconocida.Her face is completely unfamiliar to me.
4. (unrecognizable)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Desde que se casó está desconocido.He's changed a lot since he got married.
¡Estás desconocida con ese corte de pelo!You look very different with that haircut!
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
5. (unfamiliar person)
a. stranger
Tras un año sin ver a mis hijos, ellos me tratan como a un desconocido.After one year without seeing my children, they treat me as a stranger.
6. (not identified person)
a. unidentified person
Un desconocido le robó todo el dinero que llevaba a punta de pistola.He was robbed of all his money at gunpoint by an unidentified person.
7. (not famous person)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No tardará en dejar de ser una desconocida.It won't take long for her to become famous.
Se casó con él cuando era todavía un desconocido.She married him when he was not yet famous.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (no conocido)
a. unknown
lo desconocidothe unknown
nació en 1821, de padre desconocidohe was born in 1821, and it is not known who his father was
su nombre no me es del todo desconocidoI've heard his name
2. (extraño)
no dé su teléfono o dirección a personas desconocidasdon't give your telephone number or address to strangers
3. (muy cambiado)
estar desconocidoto have changed beyond all recognition
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (extraño)
a. stranger
5. (persona sin fama)
a. unkown
6. (persona sin identificar)
a. unidentified person
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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
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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