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renown

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noun re·nown \ri-ˈnau̇n\

Simple Definition of renown

  • : great fame and respect

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of renown

  1. 1 :  a state of being widely acclaimed and highly honored :  fame

  2. 2 obsolete :  report, rumor

Examples of renown in a sentence

  1. He achieved great renown for his discoveries.

  2. Her photographs have earned her international renown.



Origin and Etymology of renown

Middle English renoun, from Anglo-French renum, renoun, from renomer to report, speak of, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name


First Known Use: 14th century


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renown

verb re·nown

Definition of renown

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give renown to



15th Century

First Known Use of renown

15th century



RENOWN Defined for Kids

renown

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noun re·nown \ri-ˈnau̇n\

Definition of renown for Students

  1. :  the state of being widely and favorably known





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