fame

noun
\ ˈfām How to pronounce fame (audio) \

Definition of fame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : public estimation : reputation
b : popular acclaim : renown
2 archaic : rumor

fame

verb
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

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

It was originally developed by Howe & Howe, designers of the Ripsaw Super Tank of TV fame, and then the mini-tank design company was acquired by Textron in October 2018. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Grizzly Is a Rugged Tank Robot That Could Carry a Soldier’s Stuff," 29 Mar. 2019 And as her fame rises, and with it more demand for her time and attention, so does her need for solitude. Eric Ray Davidson, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Trying to Please Anybody but Herself," 28 Mar. 2019 Grace and Blanche, two old mice who were second cousins, reached relative fame before dying within months of each other at their home in Bar Harbor, Maine. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "This Old Mouse: ‘Golden Girls’ Unlock the Mysteries of Aging," 26 Mar. 2019 Though not everyone recognizes Dexter from his previous brush with fame, his recent Blind Audition wasn't his first foray back into music since his illness. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why 'The Voice' Contestant Dexter Roberts's Past Is Causing Controversy," 11 Mar. 2019 The effect of the film is one of intimacy (those diaries!) combined with a sort of frenzied look at fame in the 1970s. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 For more on how Lilly has coped with fame, predators like Harvey Weinstein and the Me Too movement, click here. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Evangeline Lilly took 2 years to lose her baby weight (and she's not sorry about it)," 6 July 2018 Eschewing the trappings of fame and fortune that Valentino Garavani and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, embraced so fulsomely has become an essential part of Piccioli’s shtick. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 Instead of toiling up the corporate ladder, young coding whizzes can take a fast track to wealth and fame. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.," 15 Feb. 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

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fame

Noun

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

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fame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fame

: the condition of being known or recognized by many people

fame

noun
\ ˈfām How to pronounce fame (audio) \

Kids Definition of fame

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

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