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: public estimation : reputation
: popular acclaim : renown
archaic : rumor


2 of 2


famed; faming

transitive verb

archaic : report, repute
: to make famous

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The song's lyrics seem to mirror The Idol's theme of fame and its downsides. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 His approach to art was one of constant exploration and questioning, often prioritizing the process and immediate experience over the pursuit of fame or legacy. Zenger News, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 But Mike has never been somebody who is just chasing fame or money or the next big hit. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Crossroads is a portrait of a young star suspicious of the temptations of wealth and fame. Al Shipley, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2024 There's the level of fame wherein normal people want to meet you, and then there's Taylor Swift, who is so famous, other famous people want to meet her. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2024 With that fame has come suspicion and outright hostility from some corners of the internet, with individuals questioning everything from Johnson’s quality of life to his appearance. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune Well, 14 Feb. 2024 After the Spanish invaded, Mexico’s vanilla spread overseas and Papantla gained international fame. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Hard to understand why none of these acts were on the show, unless there’s an overwhelming anxiety about booking any act that hasn’t didn’t rise to fame some time in a previous decade. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024
Made up of overwater villas, the hotel will make an excellent base for exploring the Komodo National Park, famed for the indigenous Komodo dragons and located on a nearby island. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 This town is famed for its baroque architecture, dating to the early 18th century following a devastating earthquake. James Medd, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Jan. 2024 During Culp’s tenure, Seidman helped GE navigate the wind-down of its large long-term-care reinsurance portfolio that some experts, among them famed investigative accountant Harry Markopolos, predicted would sink Culp’s then-floundering vessel. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2024 This charming little city is an excellent base from which to enjoy the nearby Bay of Fundy, famed for having the world’s highest tides. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Jan. 2024 Much space research, like Gates’, does not require the world’s largest telescopes or darkest nights, and Lick’s array also includes the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope, famed for early detection of the star explosions called supernovas. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 The second-largest city, Tartu, famed for its neoclassical architecture and heavyweight museums, has been crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2024. Siobhan Reid, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2023 It too is famed for its Venetian harbor and quaint old town. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Jan. 2024 Situated in a lava field near Grindavík, the Blue Lagoon is a bucket-list geothermal spa that’s famed for its mineral-rich waters and mud. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Fame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fame. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the fact or condition of being known to the public : renown

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