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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

McBride said the YouTube and media fame have been a bit overwhelming but fun. (amy Mcbride), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Family’s vacation video captures polar bear killing duck at San Diego Zoo," 11 June 2019 This amendment was meant to be an alternative to a more extreme proposal put forward by a friend of Biden’s, hall-of-fame racist Jesse Helms (Biden had initially supported Helms’s version). Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Game of Thrones was Harrington’s first acting credit and his role as Jon Snow catapulted him into fame. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "Kit Harington Is Getting Better All The Time, Reports Say," 10 June 2019 Roger Bacon's previous claim to fame was knocking off Lebron James and Akron St. Vincent-St. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Roger Bacon baseball's fielding woes lead to loss to Coldwater in Ohio state semifinal," 8 June 2019 Turns out that Pawhuska has a more notorious claim-to-fame: as the FBI's starting point in tracking down American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 When the first annual ESSENCE Festival (referred to as ESSENCE Fest back then) kicked off, Mary J. Blige had just released her sophomore album, My Life, which skyrocketed her to Queen of R&B fame. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "ESSENCE Festival Headliner Mary J. Blige Gave Us 25 Years Of Beauty," 6 June 2019 Kylie Jenner of Kardashian fame is also on the list. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Serena Williams is the first athlete on Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women list," 5 June 2019 Waters will give his perspective on Stonewall and discuss his life, films and fame. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "John Waters wants to talk about ‘This Filthy World,’ Stonewall and fame when he comes to the Wadsworth Atheneum," 5 June 2019

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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