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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 Ginsburg, as the exhibition demonstrates, took pleasure and pride in her newfound fame. Steven Litt, cleveland, "‘Notorious RBG’ exhibit saluting Ruth Bader Ginsburg ready to rock the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage starting Wednesday," 21 Feb. 2021 In the meantime, though, the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee is enjoying her newfound fame on social media, especially with the younger generations. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Series About Dionne Warwick's Life Is "in the Works"," 10 Feb. 2021 Along with the martinis (and the solicitude of his wife), his fame, which came young, preserved him like an onion. New York Times, "Christopher Plummer’s Robust Final Act Crowned a Noble Career," 5 Feb. 2021 David Andrew Burd is otherwise known as a rapper named Lil Dicky, and the semi-biographical comedy chronicles his attempts to blend normal life with his rising fame. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 Perhaps because the people who pose in front of it imagine their own fame. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "How to Fake Friends and Influence Instagram," 1 Feb. 2021 The red-hot comic continues to use her fame to spotlight underappreciated standups in a second season of showcase specials. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Beloved Minnesota band revisits its trampling grounds and 7 more things to watch this week," 28 Jan. 2021 At the height of his fame in the 1860s, Duncanson’s health began to rapidly deteriorate. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Joe Biden’s ‘Poignant’ Inaugural Painting," 22 Jan. 2021 Federal agents say Gionet’s prolifically incriminating 27-minute livestream as well as his online fame led to his identification and arrest. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "He went from a childhood in Anchorage to alt-right fame. Now, the social media personality known as Baked Alaska been arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol.," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The actress, who rose to fame as a preteen in movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, opened up in an essay about the pitfalls and dangers of child stardom and the general treatment of young female stars by the media and Hollywood. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Mara Wilson calls out 'terrifying' treatment of Britney Spears in essay on child stardom," 23 Feb. 2021 In the aftermath of FX-Hulu’s documentary Framing Britney Spears from The New York Times, the public is reevaluating Justin Timberlake’s ascent to fame, and the reality is crystal clear. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Justin Timberlake Made A Career At The Expense Of Women," 12 Feb. 2021 Wilson, Ross and Ballard rose to fame as a trio, but the group started with four women. NBC News, "Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, dies at 76," 9 Feb. 2021 The show’s breakout star is Camille Cottin, the impossibly soignée middle-aged actress who plays Andréa Martel, and who somewhat improbably first rose to fame as the presenter of a prank show whose name, Connasse, is an expletive. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Very Serious Appeal of Call My Agent," 25 Jan. 2021 Apodaca skyrocketed to fame in September when his 22-second creation took over TikTok. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, "Ocean Spray-loving TikTok star reportedly enlisted for Joe Biden’s inauguration parade," 19 Jan. 2021 The now-28-year-old star rose to fame in 2011 after winning second place on Oxygen’s The Glee Project. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist' Fans Are So Emotional Over Alex Newell’s Sam Smith Cover," 13 Jan. 2021 The rapper, 55, whose real name is Andre Young, rose to fame with N.W.A from the streets of Compton and went on to become a top producer and the co-founder of Beats Electronics, a venture that turned him into a billionaire. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Dr. Dre admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after signs of a possible brain aneurysm," 5 Jan. 2021 According to reports, the 45-year-old coach, who rose to fame as the head coach at the University of Houston, will earn a sizable buyout of $15.4 million. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Wait. Why are we surprised that Tom Herman was fired?," 2 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Fame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fame. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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