Definition of renown in English:


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  • The condition of being known or talked about by many people; fame.

    ‘authors of great renown’
    • ‘Perform this task with perfection and you will bring honour and renown to your village.’
    • ‘So it's always shocking to see a celebrity, a person of that kind of renown, brought low.’
    • ‘She won national renown with the publication of a classic history of the Everglades in 1948.’
    • ‘Several Irish Americans who have won renown in the military field have been mentioned.’
    • ‘As a violinist he made many international tours, winning renown for his playing of Bach and of contemporary works.’
    • ‘Most bands gain local renown but struggle to win respect beyond their own borders.’
    • ‘Over the centuries, such styles gained renown and were eventually taught to non-monks, spreading over China, then all of Asia.’
    • ‘I hope she soon resolves her lawsuit for her late millionaire husband's estate, because this is no way for a lady to make money, no matter how strong her craving for renown.’
    • ‘It is 60 years in February 2005 since the bombing that forever changed the basis of the city's renown.’
    • ‘Despite a bulging schedule of films and the presence of film-makers of renown, a pall hung over last year's Local Heroes Film Festival.’
    • ‘Sadly, these appear to be myths, perhaps attempts to bring some areas renown and/or tourist dollars.’
    • ‘In its fourth year, the event continues to gain renown for the number and quality of locally-made patchwork quilts on display.’
    • ‘In all your travels, which VIP of world renown impressed you the most?’
    • ‘All of them are now dead, and most of their names have lost at least some of their former renown, so it is timely that they should be recognised anew.’
    • ‘Missing the point of this display entirely, my companion suggests another vegetarian restaurant of renown.’
    • ‘Not one architect of national or regional renown was on the jury.’
    • ‘The band attained renown for the players' high level of technical prowess.’
    • ‘Her pamphlets on faith and Christian living were gaining renown.’
    • ‘And while she had achieved renown on both sides of the Atlantic, southerners scarcely knew her work.’
    • ‘This is all the more important as some Canadian researchers have established their careers there and have considerable renown.’
    fame, distinction, eminence, pre-eminence, prominence, repute, reputation, prestige, acclaim, celebrity, note, notability, mark, consequence, standing, stature, account
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/rəˈnoun/ /rəˈnaʊn/


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French renoun, from Old French renomer ‘make famous’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + nomer ‘to name’, from Latin nominare.