What does renown mean?

Definitions for renownrɪˈnaʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fame, celebrity, renown(noun)

    the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed


  1. renown(Noun)

    Fame; celebrity; wide recognition.

  2. Origin: renon, from re- + non

Webster Dictionary

  1. Renown

    the state of being much known and talked of; exalted reputation derived from the extensive praise of great achievements or accomplishments; fame; celebrity; -- always in a good sense

  2. Renown

    report of nobleness or exploits; praise

  3. Renown(verb)

    to make famous; to give renown to

  4. Origin: [F. renommer to name again, celebrate, make famous; pref. re- re- + nommer to name, L. nominare , fr. nomen a name. See Noun.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Renown

    rē-nown′, n. a great name: celebrity: éclat.—v.t. to make famous.—adj. Renowned′, celebrated: illustrious: famous.—adv. Renown′edly.—n. Renown′er, one who gives renown: a swaggerer.—adj. Renown′less. [O. Fr. renoun (Fr. renom)—L. re-, again, nomen, a name.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of renown in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of renown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Homer:

    I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.

  2. Edward Young:

    Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.

  3. Sallust:

    The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

  4. Homer:

    May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this -when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown.

  5. Oliver Goldsmith:

    The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.

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