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 Instagram is a funny place, a platform for anonymous individuals to launch themselves into the public eye and for the already famous to maintain their renown. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "‘She Was Freezing and Mad’: The Story Behind This Famous Slim Aarons Christmas Photo," 23 Dec. 2020 Art historical questions aside, these were—and are—serious artists who have earned their renown, however belated. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop’ Review: A Black Community Too Long Forgotten," 12 Dec. 2020 As the Chinese government has pushed to develop vaccine companies of global renown, the state has fostered and protected an industry plagued by corruption and controversy. New York Times, "Scandal Dogs AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Partner in China," 7 Dec. 2020 Maradona, on the other hand, offered the illusion that no barrier separated the field of his renown from the world beyond. Washington Post, "Diego Maradona and the passing of a global icon," 4 Dec. 2020 Noble’s renown was such that she’s even been featured in an Xfinity commercial this fall, riding a horse through the streets in a way that trades on the imagery from earlier this year. Tony Bravo,, "Black Lives Matter equestrian on mission to inspire inner-city youths," 30 Oct. 2020 Sherrill Grace’s new biography is a welcome first step in broadening Tiff’s renown. Alex Beam, WSJ, "‘Tiff: The Life of Timothy Findley’ Review: Northern Star," 30 Oct. 2020 For a writer of her renown, the biographical record is unusually thin. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How to Misread Jane Austen," 28 Sep. 2020 Rabbi Art Green is a scholar of worldwide renown, the author of dozens of books, one of the world’s leading experts on Hasidic Judaism and perhaps the only person ever to lead two different American rabbinical schools. Ben Harris,, "Rabbi/author (still) believes Hasidic ideas key to vibrant modern Judaism," 22 Oct. 2020 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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The first known use of renown was in the 14th century

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28 Dec 2020

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“Renown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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