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adjective re·nowned \ri-ˈnau̇nd\

Simple Definition of renowned

  • : known and admired by many people for some special quality or achievement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of renowned

  1. :  widely acclaimed and highly honored :  celebrated

Examples of renowned in a sentence

  1. Poggio prospected for manuscripts across much of western Europe, visiting the renowned monasteries of Reichenau and Fulda, and wandering as far afield as Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome. —Fred Lerner, The Story of Libraries, 1998

  2. He was renowned for his appetite—in the mid-60's, his daily breakfast consisted of six steaks, four plates of pasta and a dozen eggs … —Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 24 June 1993

  3. … it was hard for me to realize that I was to be honoured by a degree from the oldest and most renowned university in America. —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery, 1901

  4. a restaurant renowned for its wine list

  5. <the renowned painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci>



Origin and Etymology of renowned

(see 1renown)


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of renowned

famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known <a famous actress>. renowned implies more glory and acclamation <one of the most renowned figures in sports history>. celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print <the most celebrated beauty of her day>. noted suggests well-deserved public attention <the noted mystery writer>. notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil <a notorious gangster>. distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority <a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize>. eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character <the country's most eminent writers>. illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person <illustrious war heroes>.

RENOWNED Defined for Kids

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adjective re·nowned \ri-ˈnau̇nd\

Definition of renowned for Students

  1. :  widely and favorably known <a renowned author>





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