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 That was former Gophers cornerback Gary Hohman, 70, still renown for his record 99-yard TD interception return against Nebraska in 1969, attending his alma mater’s recent loss to Wisconsin in Minneapolis. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Vikings likely must win 2 of last 3 games for playoff berth," 14 Dec. 2019 In the late 1980s, local citizens, with help from Andrés Duany, the influential architect of Seaside renown, reinvigorated the town. Nancy Moreland,, "Old Florida is alive and well in sunny Stuart, where the past won’t be forgotten," 29 Oct. 2019 Starting as early as the 1960s, when heart-surgeon pioneers suddenly grew in renown, an endless parade of hopeful partners beat a path to operating-room doors with their own ideas, models, prototypes and dreams for artificial hearts. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "‘Ticker’ Review: The Race to Reinvent the Heart," 3 Aug. 2018 Many now-famous California Pinot vineyards, like Hirsch, Ferrington and Coastlands, owe their renown to Williams Selyem. Esther Mobley,, "Burt Williams, co-founder of Williams Selyem Winery, dies at 79," 13 Dec. 2019 In rewind, the renown and refinement and proliferation of Edison’s inventions long precede the thrilling eureka moments, plucky self-promotion and youthful ferment. Washington Post, "Thomas Edison’s brilliant life, told in reverse," 27 Nov. 2019 The renown of talented parsers of language predates more recent stars like Benjamin Dreyer and Mary Norris by thousands of years. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "In Love With Language, but Not Necessarily With Each Other," 30 Aug. 2019 But only in the mid-17th century did other outsiders begin to carry the herb’s renown to the West. B.t., The Economist, "The ambivalent history of the Camellia sinensis leaf," 10 July 2019 In the early years at Endeavor, Emanuel gained renown for going toe-to-toe with the most powerful people in town. Los Angeles Times, "For brash deal-maker Ari Emanuel, IPO collapse is a rare stumble, and his biggest challenge yet," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Good news for Detroit students. The world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp has more financial aid than ever before for Detroit youth, grades 3-12, in hopes of making the Interlochen experience accessible to all families. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Interlochen Arts Camp offers record-breaking number of scholarships for Detroit kids," 10 Dec. 2019 The world renowned ATLien original, an ode to Atlanta. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Big Boi, Budweiser team up for limited edition tall boy cans; here’s how you can get one," 10 Oct. 2019 At a school renowned for producing record-setting quarterbacks, Sinnett is continuing the legacy. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros easily finish off Valparaiso, 42-17, after slow start," 19 Oct. 2019 The idyllic images below were shot onsite at the Amanfayun, a spa resort of temples and tea plantations on the banks of West Lake, a World Heritage Site renowned for its serene beauty. Harper's BAZAAR, "Double Happiness: The Season's Luckiest Wedding Gowns—In China's Most Heavenly Setting," 30 Sep. 2019 The Premier League is becoming renowned for tricky wingers with a low centre of gravity, and strikers with pace and skill who can run in behind defences., "Picking a Starting XI of the Tallest Players in the Premier League 2019/20," 1 Sep. 2019 Bolliger & Mabillard, a Swiss firm renowned for its precision engineering and exceptionally smooth coasters, designed and built all three of the the headlining rides at Canada's Wonderland: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Yukon Striker. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 For decades, Björk has been renowned for layering synthesizers and electronic effects on top of her indelible singing voice to push pop music's boundaries (not to mention music videos full of cutting-edge CGI). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 There's not much left to say about Klopp's 'heavy metal football' as his style is, pretty much, world-renowned at this point., "Joachim Low: 4 Candidates to Replace the World Cup Winning Coach," 8 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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