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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 TikTok series, which played a major role in catapulting her to fame. Journal Sentinel, 25 June 2022 In an interview with Rolling Stone last July, Aespa spoke about their swift rise to fame and the myriad of influences that inspire their music — which includes everything from older Korean songs to jazz and Stevie Wonder to Blink-182 and Beyoncé. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2022 In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the multi-hyphenate talks about her rise to fame during the pandemic, pleasing people (but not being a people-pleaser) in comedy and telling a story, but this time with just her voice. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 Internet fame may be a drag, but as Marcel the Shell himself knows, celebrity certainly has its uses. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 This group of Asian American kids (Wendy, Alex, Emma, Jannie and Andrew) rose to fame pretending and playing in whimsical skits with various family members, distributed in six different languages. Todd Longwell, Variety, 23 June 2022 The Step Up actress, 28, who rose to fame after starring in Cheaper by the Dozen in 2003, spoke about the difficulties of being a child star in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 16 June 2022 The documentary was filmed over three years beginning in 2019 and charts the model’s rapid rise to fame. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 June 2022 But fame, of course, was always only a sliver of the story. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Born in Houston, the 41-year-old singer rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the founding members of the iconic R&B group Destiny’s Child. Okla Jones, Essence, 14 June 2022 Combs is just the second recipient of the lifetime achievement award who rose to fame as a rapper. Paul Grein, Billboard, 13 June 2022 Before rising to fame in the late 1990s, Shakira was born in the Colombian city of Barranquilla to her father, William, and her mother, Nidia del Carmen Mebarak. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 The 32-year-old musician rose to fame in 2020 for his cover songs on TikTok amid lockdown in the U.K. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 9 June 2022 Michael Cera rose to fame playing slouching introverts. Mariah Tauger, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Sarah Cooper, the comedian who rose to fame with her satirical TikTok lip-sync videos of Donald Trump, was — unexpectedly — inspired by Dale Carnegie for her next project. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 June 2022 Grey rose to fame in her mid-20s with a pair of films that became touchstones of the 1980s. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 The 26-year-old rose to fame acting in Disney franchises like Liv and Maddie and Descendants. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 2 June 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 28 Jun. 2022.

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

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