re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

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

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of renown in a Sentence

Noun He achieved great renown for his discoveries. Her photographs have earned her international renown.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the arguments against allowing collegians to make money off their renown is that the popular male players in the biggest sports — football and basketball — will reap most of the benefits. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utahn Hunter Woodhall was the ideal college athlete. So why did he quit?," 30 Mar. 2021 As Brown, Albright and Abrams gained renown, their celebrity has brought their groups greater resources. Los Angeles Times, "Black voters showed they matter in Georgia. Here’s how activists are trying to keep it that way," 28 Mar. 2021 Current proposals include schools named after three Confederate figures of lesser renown. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Will Dallas ISD rename three schools with Confederate ties?," 12 Mar. 2021 Patrick Dupond, a star dancer and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet who won worldwide renown in the 1980s and ’90s for his virtuosity, glittering technique and flamboyant personality, died on March 5 in Soissons, France. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Patrick Dupond, French Ballet Virtuoso, Dies at 61," 13 Mar. 2021 Nelson Meigs studied in Madrid, Spain at the Universidad de Autónoma (fluent in Spanish) and created an Exchange Program with Spelman College (a renown HBCU in Atlanta, Georgia). Essence, "Meet The 2021 Women In Film Pathmakers," 1 Mar. 2021 Across the Bay, Oakland received international renown for a Slow Streets Program, which banned most cars from 74 miles of road, with the goal of giving residents more space to socially distance. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot," 11 Mar. 2021 Street protests and international outcry increase pressure on the white government, and Mandela’s resolve and symbolic power and increasing renown play a significant role. Steve Johnson,, "‘Mandela’ exhibit tells story of South African freedom fight at Illinois Holocaust Museum," 25 Feb. 2021 His monumental artworks celebrating Japanese imperialism, at one time the source of honor and renown, have taken on a shameful meaning in the democratizing postwar era. New York Times, "Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future Is Doing to Us," 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eventually, Jenner inoculated thousands and became world renown without ever leaving the United Kingdom, preferring instead to conduct his work near home until his death in 1823. Susan Cosier, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 May Permanently Shutter Museum Devoted to Vaccination Pioneer," 11 May 2020 Irony has become a de facto cultural defense mechanism, and is rendered vulnerable against drugs renowned for opening (or totally shattering) our psychic defenses. John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020 The onboard dining program was created with Benjamin Cross, the Australian chef behind Bali’s renowned Ku De Ta restaurant. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Yacht Lets Divers Explore Raja Ampat in Style," 27 Mar. 2020 DeRozan has never been renowned as a defender, and has struggled in that area with the Spurs as well. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How did DeMar DeRozan fare this season, and what is his future with the Spurs?," 24 Mar. 2020 Once renowned for its Sounds On Sunday weekly, the converted church now hosts S*A*S*H by Day each Sunday. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Sydney," 19 Feb. 2020 Once renowned as a city of progress, Hong Kong is now known as a city of protest. The Economist, "DiscontentSocial unrest in places like Hong Kong is not proof of economic failure," 5 Dec. 2019 Two generations of the Hontzas family ran it and began marketing the restaurant‘s renowned slaw dressing. Eric Velasco, al, "Where are Birmingham’s oldest restaurants?," 12 Mar. 2020 Such memories gave the Masked One a sense of deja vu on Thursday night’s visit to the Order of Polka Dots’ renowned fete at the Mobile Civic Center. al, "Masked Observer enjoys the sweet and dazzling Polka Dots," 16 Feb. 2020

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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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“Renown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of renown

somewhat formal : great fame and respect


re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

Kids Definition of renown

: the state of being widely and favorably known

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