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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Blue Man Group achieved wide renown as a cultural institution and a global brand beginning in the 1980s when the concept was hatched on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Colin Moynihan,, "Blue Man Group to pay more than $3 million to end royalty dispute," 15 June 2018 Blue Man Group achieved wide renown as a cultural institution and a global brand beginning in the 1980s when the concept was hatched on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Blue Man Group to Pay More Than $3 Million to End Royalty Dispute," 15 June 2018 In his lifetime, François-René de Chateaubriand won renown as a politician, diplomat, novelist and travel writer. Alan Riding, New York Times, "The French Revolution Made Him an Exile, and a Writer," 25 May 2018 But Edmonson’s aspirations were more intricate than simply riding a reality show to renown. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Kat Edmonson sings about the light and dark in the night," 16 May 2018 Yousafzai, 20, won international renown after she was shot by the Taliban in Mingora. Sherin Zada And Munir Ahmed, USA TODAY, "Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visits her Pakistan hometown," 31 Mar. 2018 Yousafzai, 20, won international renown after she was shot by the Taliban in Mingora. Sherin Zada,, "Nobel Prize winner visits her Pakistan hometown," 31 Mar. 2018 But the jazz festival has been gaining renown, thanks to its mix of educational programming and concerts, and a booking strategy that brings together international talent with rising musicians, many based in the borough. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "BRIC JazzFest Headliners Include Meshell Ndegeocello and Stefon Harris," 27 June 2018 One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures on the international festival circuit for more than 50 years, Rissient helped guide filmmakers like Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Jane Campion to international renown. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Pierre Rissient, Acclaimed French Director and Producer, Dies at 81," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Ribs, but the Los Angeles barbecuers will probably have a hard time selling brisket and ribs to Texans, who are world-renowned for their pitmaster skills. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz has the perfect response to California brisket coming to Texas," 3 May 2018 Alaska's wilderness is world-renowned, with diverse flora and fauna, rugged topography and the potential to glimpse animals rarely seen anywhere else. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Make the most of your trip with these hikes near Anchorage," 2 May 2018 Built in 1172, the minaret was approximately 145 feet tall and decorated with ornamental brickwork that was renowned during that period, widely considered a golden age of Islamic architecture and art. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Mosul’s Renowned Religious Complex Will Rise From the Rubble," 24 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of renown

: the state of being widely and favorably known

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