Definition of fame in English:


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  • The state of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements.

    ‘winning the Olympic title has brought her fame and fortune’
    • ‘the song's success rocketed him to stardom and fame’
    renown, celebrity, stardom, popularity, notability, note, distinction, prominence, esteem, importance, account, consequence, greatness, eminence, pre-eminence, glory, honour, illustriousness, prestige, stature, standing, reputation, repute
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/fām/ /feɪm/


    of — fame
    • Having a particular famous association; famous for having or being —

      ‘the Cariboo country of gold rush fame’
      • ‘Mojave Aerospace Ventures is funded by one of the most famous names in the computer world, Paul Allen of Microsoft fame.’
      • ‘The show was screened around the world and starred David Schwimmer of Friends fame and British actor Damian Lewis.’
      • ‘After their huge success on the TV show Reborn in the USA, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame and Peter Cox, with his band Go West, are joining together to embark on a national tour.’
      • ‘I wasn't half bad at it aged 16 and ‘performed’ in some sort of contest in front of Lord Cudlipp of Daily Mirror fame.’
      • ‘All 420 pupils were decked out in their sports attire and runners ready to take on some of the seven foot players of Notre Dame fame at their own game - basketball!’


Middle English (also in the sense ‘reputation’, which survives in house of ill fame): via Old French from Latin fama.