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Definition of fame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : public estimation : reputation
b : popular acclaim : renown
2 archaic : rumor


famed; faming

Definition of fame (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : report, repute
2 : to make famous

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fame

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of fame in a Sentence

Noun He died at the height of his fame. The book tells the story of her sudden rise to fame. He gained fame as an actor. She went to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to catapulting artists to art history text book-fame, Gagosian Gallery also publishes a magazine, , and its most recent issue features a Q&A between Anderson Cooper and the artist Nathanial Mary Quinn. Vogue, "Gagosian Quarterly Celebrated its Latest Issue with a Q&A Between Anderson Cooper and Nathaniel Mary Quinn," 5 Feb. 2020 Even though The Masked Singer is pre-recorded and could have been filmed before the current basketball season, the likelihood of him carving out time for a chance at musical fame is slim. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Taco On 'The Masked Singer'? People Think LeBron James," 1 Feb. 2020 But seemingly no one anticipated the terrorist’s rise to public fame. Fox News, "Most wanted female terrorist lives in freedom in Jordan despite extradition request for bombing that killed Americans," 30 Jan. 2020 George Takei of Star Trek fame shared a prize for best young adult literature by an author of Asian Pacific background. Dallas News, "Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win prizes for children’s books," 28 Jan. 2020 The film, which will debut Jan. 31 on Netflix, plays like a coming-of-age drama for a performer who — despite finding mega-fame as a teenager — took some time to truly find her voice. Washington Post, "Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary," 24 Jan. 2020 Shaking Beef Legendary chef Charles Phan (of Slanted Door fame) uses filet mignon in his version of the classic recipe. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "From Fast Pho to Sizzling Crêpes, 16 Vietnamese Recipes That’ll Have You Pining for Saigon," 22 Jan. 2020 The Brothers Bongo: Two brothers find unexpected fame as a bongo drumming duo. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows," 17 Jan. 2020 Troy Polamalu, who prepped in Oregon and starred at USC before finding fame with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is selected as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. oregonlive, "By hiring Bill Musgrave, Cal raises the stakes for Oregon and Washington: Issues & Answers," 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trying to weave a fairy tale life from a horror story reality, Vieux-Chauvet’s heroine, Minette, rides her beauty and talent out of poverty in late-18th-century Port-au-Prince to fame onstage as a singer. Alison Mcculloch, New York Times, "Fiction in Translation," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of fame


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fame


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fama report, fame; akin to Latin fari to speak — more at ban entry 1

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The first known use of fame was in the 13th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Fame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fame. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce fame (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fame

: the condition of being known or recognized by many people


\ ˈfām How to pronounce fame (audio) \

Kids Definition of fame

: the fact or condition of being known or recognized by many people

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