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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fame, celebrity, renownnoun

    the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed


  1. renownnoun

    Fame; celebrity; wide recognition.

  2. Etymology: renon, from re- + non

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RENOWNnoun

    Fame; celebrity; praise widely spread.

    Etymology: renommée, Fr.

    Is daughter to this famous duke of Milan,
    Of whom so often I have heard renown. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis of more renown
    To make a river, than to build a town. Edmund Waller.

    Nor envy we
    Thy great renown, nor grudge thy victory. Dryden.

  2. To Renownverb

    To make famous.

    Etymology: renommer, Fr. from the noun.

    Let us satisfy our eyes
    With the memorials and the things of fame,
    That do renown this city. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Soft elocution does thy style renown,
    Gentle or sharp according to thy choice,
    To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. Dryden.

    In solemn silence stand
    Stern tyrants, whom their cruelties renown,
    And emperors in Parian marble frown. Addison.

    A bard, whom pilfer’d pastorals renown,
    Just writes to make his barrenness appear. Alexander Pope.


  1. renown

    Renown refers to the state or condition of being widely known, celebrated, or acknowledged for one's qualities, skills, achievements, or works. It's a measure of an individual’s or entity's fame, reputation or recognition.

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. Renownverb

    to make famous; to give renown to

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of renown in a Sentence

  1. Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire I, l. 89):

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

  2. 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.

  3. Sallust, The War with Catiline:

    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. Marcus Aurelius:

    Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small - small as the corner of the earth in which we live it. Small as the greatest renown, passed from mouth to mouth by short-lived stick figures, ignorant alike of themselves and those long dead.

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