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[ken] /kɛn/

knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception:
an idea beyond one’s ken.
range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, kenning.
Chiefly Scot.

Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
British Dialect Archaic.

verb (used without object), kenned or kent, kenning.
British Dialect.

range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one’s ken)
verb kens, kenning, kenned, kent (kɛnt)
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to know
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to understand; perceive
(transitive) (archaic) to see

“to know,” Scottish dialect, from Old English cennan “make known, declare, acknowledge” (in late Old English also “to know”), originally “make to know,” causative of cunnan “to become acquainted with, to know” (see can (v.)). Cognate with German kennen, Danish kjende, Swedish känna. Related: Kenned; kenning.

“range of sight,” 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.

“house where thieves meet,” 1560s, vagabonds’ slang, probably a shortening of kennel.


A conformist, conventional man; a man lacking any but bland typical characteristics: Mr Quayle has been called a sort of Ken/ Bergin, the male villain, is reprising his role as the Ken-doll monster of Sleeping With the Enemy

[fr the male counterpart of the Barbie doll]
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