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 Mario Bastos), this magical realist tale set and shot in bustling capital Luanda is buoyed by a quite outstanding original jazz-inflected soundtrack by Aline Frazao, whose renown already stretches beyond her continent's shores. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Air Conditioner' ('Ar condicionado'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 Cleveland Museum of Art: Located in the city’s cultural district in University Circle, the city’s art museum is one of the most renown and impressive collections in the nation. cleveland, "Rock Hall Inductions 2020 set for May 2: Info on Cleveland flights, rental cars, hotels & more," 22 Jan. 2020 By Steve Inskeep Penguin Press, 449 pages, $32 Frémont’s eventual renown is all the more surprising given his inauspicious origins. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Imperfect Union’ Review: Mr. & Mrs. Pathfinder," 17 Jan. 2020 Anguissola achieved renown in Cremona, including praise from Michelangelo. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Witty, Domestic Gambit," 24 Jan. 2020 He was accompanied by a former Ukrainian diplomat who has won renown in U.S. right-wing circles by alleging Ukraine colluded with the DNC to undermine Trump in 2016. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "As impeachment tide swirls around Trump, Giuliani drops anchor in Ukraine," 6 Dec. 2019 His career was renown for explosive talent and personality. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Carlos Gomez planning to retire," 17 Jan. 2020 The 31-year-old native Californians are renown for their Disney and Star Wars adoration; Brook even owns a house on the Disney World property. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ESPN spends the day with the Lopez twins on cross-country flight in December to be among the first on Star Wars ride," 20 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dade and Broward schools, renowned by many as the nation’s most fertile recruiting ground, have combined to collect 28 of the 49 available championships (above rural 1A) over the past seven seasons. Buddy Collings,, "Apopka, Edgewater, Jones make high school football history, but does South Florida still rule?," 30 Nov. 2019 The Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit is world-renowned among paddlers, connecting 72 miles of lakes, waterways, and portages through the wilderness. Popular Science, "The 10 best canoe trips in the U.S. and Canada," 1 Jan. 2020 The Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit is world-renowned among paddlers, connecting 116 kilometers (72 miles) of lakes, waterways, and portages through the wilderness. Ben Duchesney, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Canoe Trips in North America," 26 Dec. 2019 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

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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 19 Feb. 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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