re·​nown | \ri-ˈnau̇n \

Definition of renown 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of being widely acclaimed and highly honored : fame

2 obsolete : report, rumor


renowned; renowning; renowns

Definition of renown (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give renown to

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renown

Synonyms: Noun

celebrity, fame, notoriety

Antonyms: Noun

anonymity, oblivion, obscureness, obscurity

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Examples of renown in a Sentence


He achieved great renown for his discoveries. Her photographs have earned her international renown.

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More celebrities who appear in the movie are Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, and the world renown ballerina Misty Copeland, who makes every plié and rélevé look effortless. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Trailer for the New ‘Nutcracker’ Movie Is Here and It’s So Magical," 5 Sep. 2018 The nicest thing one can say about K. brevis is that it is named in honor of Karen Steidinger, a renown expert who studied the harmful dinoflagellate for 40 years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Red Tides and Why Are They Getting Worse?," 14 Aug. 2018 Yet the biggest obstacle to Mr. Giddins’s project may be less Crosby’s complexity than the sheer fickleness of public renown. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Bing Crosby’ Review: Nothin’ but Blue Skies," 8 Nov. 2018 Rosa Bonheur gained widespread renown for painting animals with horsehair-fine realism. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 Baro and Jinyoung are expected to pursue solo careers; each has made a name for himself in South Korea’s acting industry, and the latter has gained renown for his songwriting, which has seen him produce music for both B1A4 and other artists. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Two Members Leave Korean Boy Band B1A4," 2 July 2018 For 80 years, New York audiences — and critics, including me — have felt as much affection for the Frick’s music room as the artists who have performed there, even ones of international renown. New York Times, "As the Frick Expands, New York City Music Suffers," 29 June 2018 The art form has made a huge comeback in recent years, with enigmatic artists like Banksy reaching international renown for their political and subversive murals. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Modern Takes on 80s Artwork Hit Washington D.C. Streets," 23 Apr. 2018 The son of renown Blues artist Keb' Mo' is gearing up to unleash his eponymous debut EP later this month (July 27). Michael Saponara, Billboard, "K Roosevelt Signs With Def Jam, Premieres New 'Adrenaline' Video: Exclusive," 13 July 2018

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Ajax and RB Leipzig are both understood to be interested in the player's availability this summer too, with both sides renowned for developing young talent., "Newcastle Reportedly Interested In Signing Talented Spurs Prospect and England U-20 International," 10 June 2018 In a similar vein, the campus of UC San Diego has become world-renowned for it contemporary art installations. G. James Daichendt,, "5 must-see San Diego visual arts experiences," 10 June 2018 An English gunsmith with a shop on London's Haymarket Street, Wogdon made pistols that were world-renowned for being plain, practical, and balanced. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 My tummy was entirely happy as the Raipur family’s food has been renowned through seven generations for lavish food (the old kitchens are cavernous at Monty’s fort in the village) and the vegetables are fresh from the bagh, or garden. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 Roberto Firmino's skills are no secret at this point, with Liverpool's Brazilian ace renowned for the flair and trickery which has helped him become one of the Premier League's deadliest front men., "WATCH: Liverpool Star Roberto Firmino Displays His Skills in Awesome 'No-Look Challenge' Video," 17 June 2018 Leno would take office as San Francisco’s first gay mayor — a meaningful milestone in a city long renowned as a haven for the LGBTQ community. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Breed takes lead over Leno, Kim in earliest returns for SF mayor’s race," 5 June 2018 Opera diva Renée Fleming, renowned as much for the sensitivity of her characterizations as for her luscious bel canto, doesn't have to separate acting from singing in her Broadway musical debut. Charles Mcnulty,, "What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not," 17 May 2018 The latter was internationally renowned for his individualistic style and the wild stories about his affairs with his mentor's wife and others. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Why the lead dancer in 'Appalachian Spring' must be a 'strong and complex woman'," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of renown


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renown


Middle English renoun, from Anglo-French renum, renoun, from renomer to report, speak of, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name

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English Language Learners Definition of renown

: great fame and respect


re·​nown | \ri-ˈnau̇n \

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: the state of being widely and favorably known

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