In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(hecho/razón) unknown(métodos/sensación) unknownpor razones desconocidas vendió todo y se fue — for some unknown reason he sold up and left
- partió con destino desconocido — she set off for an unknown destination
- su rostro no me era del todo desconocido — his face wasn't wholly unfamiliar to me
- una sensación de terror hasta entonces desconocida — a feeling of terror the like of which I/he had never experienced before
- técnicas hasta ahora desconocidas — hitherto unknown techniques
- su obra es prácticamente desconocida en Europa — her work is practically unknown in Europe
- de origen desconocido — of unknown origin
- lo desconocido siempre lo ha intrigado — he has always been fascinated by the unknown
3(extraño)una persona desconocida — a stranger
4informal(irreconocible)con ese peinado nuevo está desconocida — she's unrecognizable / totally changed with her new hairstyle
- ahora hasta plancha, está desconocido — he's like a different man / he's a changed person, he even does the ironing
masculine and feminine noun
1(no conocido)strangerno hables con desconocidos — don't talk to strangers
2(no identificado)fue atacado por unos desconocidos — he was attacked by unknown assailants
- un desconocido le asestó una puñalada — he was stabbed by an unidentified person / by someone whose identity has not been established
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