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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

But Jennifer Garner says trying to nurture a relationship in fame’s harsh spotlight can create an almost unimaginable level of stress. Hayley Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, "Jennifer Garner talks fame, marriage, and the tabloids," 14 July 2018 The story recounts the astonishing early life of Presley, whose pioneering recordings with record producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records propelled Presley to worldwide fame. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Sony/ATV Music Becomes Co-Producer, Investor of New Elvis Presley Musical," 13 July 2018 Composer Emmerich Kálmán was a Hungarian Jew who found fame in Vienna during the 1910s and '20s with such operettas asDer Zigeunerprimas (The Gypsy Band Leader) and Countess Maritza. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Love conquers all in The Csárdás Princess," 13 July 2018 Casual players were able to practice with their friends and better understand the game, while die-hard Fortnite aficionados created meme-worthy posts for Reddit and Twitter fame. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The future of Fortnite may look a lot like Playground mode," 11 July 2018 Even on a nice guy like Williams, fame took its toll. Mick Lasalle, SFChronicle.com, "Robin Williams gets his just due in documentary ‘Come Inside My Mind’," 11 July 2018 John Schnatter remains more closely associated with a fast-food brand than any living person since Harland Sanders of KFC fame. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Papa John’s Founder Fumbles the Ball Again," 11 July 2018 The now 28-year-old singer discussed songwriting and the ups and downs of fame with iconic model, photographer, and rock 'n' roll muse Pattie Boyd for the August cover of Harper's Bazaar. Chelsea Stone, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Her Songwriting Process: "There Are Mystical, Magical Moments"," 10 July 2018 In the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd stood at the intersection of fashion, rock ’n’ roll, art, and fame. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taylor Swift Interviews Rock ’n’ Roll Icon Pattie Boyd on Songwriting, Beatlemania, & the Power of Being a Muse," 10 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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