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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

The 10-episode series, which was co-executive produced by John Legend, celebrates the art of the performance and the quest for fame with judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and TI. Los Angeles Times, "How TV learned to take hip-hop seriously," 12 Sep. 2019 And Davis catapulted to widespread fame with her portrayal of Annalise Keating, a criminal defense lawyer and law professor. NBC News, "Viola Davis is the newest spokeswoman for L'oreal Paris," 12 Sep. 2019 The Euphoria cast rocketed to fame after the success of its first season, so sitting front row at a fashion show seems like the next logical step. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "The "Euphoria" Cast Reunited to Support Zendaya at Her NYFW 2019 Tommy Hilfiger Show," 10 Sep. 2019 Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation and its improbable rise to fame. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Sept. 1-7," 1 Sep. 2019 By 2011, up to 20,000 revelers showed up for the three-day funeral festival, the town’s greatest economic boom and claim to fame. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 JoJo Siwa began her rise to fame around 2015 on the Lifetime reality TV series Dance Moms. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Time, "'What Do People Want Me to Do? Wear Black Every Day?': How Child Star JoJo Siwa Built Her Sparkly Empire," 22 Aug. 2019 The Home Edit rose to fame for stylishly organising everything from closets to food pantries by harnessing the powers of presentation and colour-coordination. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Reese Witherspoon Is Producing A Netflix Show About Organising Your Cupboards," 22 Aug. 2019 The brand rose to Internet fame with its curated selection of cozy comforters. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, "Those Super Popular Buffy Comforters Are 30 Percent Off Today," 9 July 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 entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fame

: the condition of being known or recognized by many people


\ 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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