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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

celebrity, notoriety, renown

Antonyms: Noun

anonymity, oblivion, obscureness, obscurity

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Examples of fame in a Sentence


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

AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys fame has offered up his spot in Westlake Village. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean eyes a home sale in Westlake Village," 11 July 2018 Kim also opened up about how fame has changed her life, especially since the Paris robbery in 2016. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian on Her First Job, Reality TV Fame, and the Paris Robbery," 8 July 2018 Saari made his picks for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame fame blog. Anchorage Daily News, "Who will win Wednesday’s Mount Marathon races? Take your pick," 4 July 2018 Rabiot didn't reach the same level of international fame, but then the fisherman who caught him, Kimio Abe, was pretty exclusively interested in Japan's match-ups. Luke Darby, GQ, "Japan’s “Psychic” Octopus Was Butchered and Sold After Predicting Three World Cup Games," 3 July 2018 Scorpion masquerades as self-examination, which only heightens its overwrought sentimentality: Side A grapples with ego, legacy, and fame, while Side B shifts to downtempo. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Scorpion, #DrakeSZN Is Back—as Overwrought as Ever," 2 July 2018 Emmylou Harris talks about how trapped Presley must have felt by fame, by pressure, by the selfish and self-serving choices made by manager Colonel Tom Parker. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Elvis Presley as metaphor for America in 'The King'," 12 July 2018 But there’s a mysterious energy to this work which might win them a posthumous fame, of the sort enjoyed by William Blake or Henry Darger. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 Or the writing, by a team headed up by showrunner Marti Noxon (of Buffy and UnREAL fame) and Flynn, which takes its time unfolding the several layers of small-town mystery alongside its deeper and deeper exploration of Camille’s character. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "What makes HBO’s Sharp Objects so good is hiding in plain sight," 6 July 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of fame

: the condition of being known or recognized by many people


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Kids Definition of fame

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

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