What does the word hearsay mean?

Usage examples for hearsay

  1. Interest spread in the painter, whose work few even of the Florentines knew except from hearsay. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  2. It was an experiment; and if in one sense it failed, because it did not take account of energies and elements unused, in another sense it succeeded, because one cannot learn things in this world by hearsay, but only by burning one's fingers in what seemed so comfortable a flame. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. For my part, men of Athens, I have hitherto on hearsay admired and envied this great state, whither, I was told, every one who was wronged or stood in terror of aught needed only to betake himself and he would obtain assistance. – Hellenica by Xenophon