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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marjorie Tallchief danced for presidents, twirled the world over and leaped to global fame, achieving so much success in the ballet world that her native Oklahomans honored her with a bronze statue. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Netflix's The Tinder Swindler catapulted Simon Leviev to international fame for all the wrong reasons. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 Much like the rapid rise to national fame of Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell (played in the upcoming series Gaslit by Julia Roberts), Betty’s honesty and refreshing refusal to walk the party line was galvanizing. Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 Palin skyrocketed to national fame when she was picked to be then-Sen. Libby Casey, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 After signing with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Nicki Minaj was quickly propelled to international fame. Kyra Aurelia Alessandrini, Essence, 17 Mar. 2022 Arnaz is said to have chafed at Ball’s fame at the time, but their mutual admiration comes through loud and clear. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 Within a few months, he was jailed, released, elevated to international fame, granted a Profile in Courage Award, and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2022 The win at the 2018 Olympics, and her effervescent personality, catapulted her to international fame. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 9 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The D’Amelio sisters, who rose to fame on TikTok, will again go head-to-head in various challenges that test their bravery, athleticism and ingenuity while their squad of famous friends judge from the sidelines. Todd Spangler, Variety, 3 May 2022 Players who rose to fame in the league included Satchel Paige, snapped by a Times photographer at a 1943 game, above. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 But at an event that also featured Christina Bobb, who rose to fame as a far-right media personality during Arizona’s 2021 ballot review, election integrity was top of mind as well. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 On today's episode, an emotional Kim tells mom Kris Jenner and sister Khloé Kardashian that West got the rest of the footage from her home movie with ex Ray J, which catapulted her to fame in 2007. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2022 Victoria Beckham, who rose to fame as Posh Spice from the popular ‘90s British pop group The Spice Girls, grew up wealthy. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 Grenier, who rose to fame playing glib skirt-chaser Vincent Chase, couldn’t be farther from that character in real life. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2022 Apfel, a former interior designer who rose to fame late in life after decorating the White House under various administrations with her husband, liked the idea of bringing her signature eclecticism to a wider audience. Vogue, 14 Apr. 2022 The artist, whose legal name is Nathaniel Glover, rose to fame in the early 1980s as an original member of landmark hip-hop collective Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Victoria Bekiempis, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Fame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fame. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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

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