Definition of fifteen minutes of fame in English:

fifteen minutes of fame


(also famous for fifteen minutes)
  • Used with reference to a brief period of fame or notoriety experienced by an ordinary person.

    ‘Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.’
    • ‘He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.’
    • ‘After all, they too deserved their fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘Could this have been my fifteen minutes of fame?’
    • ‘Even the humblest of trainers can have his fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘The parties went on into the small hours, with the usual suspects in attendance, plus a few who were trying to milk their fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘It seems everyone really does want their fifteen minutes of fame - bar none.’
    • ‘The lives, loves and actions of everybody are shrunk down so that everyone can have their fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.’


    From a remark made by Andy Warhol in 1968, predicting that in the future, everyone would be ‘world famous for fifteen minutes’.