re·​nowned | \ ri-ˈnau̇nd How to pronounce renowned (audio) \

Definition of renowned

: widely acclaimed and highly honored : celebrated

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famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known. a famous actress renowned implies more glory and acclamation. one of the most renowned figures in sports history celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print. the most celebrated beauty of her day noted suggests well-deserved public attention. the noted mystery writer notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil. a notorious gangster distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority. a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character. the country's most eminent writers illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person. illustrious war heroes

Examples of renowned in a Sentence

Poggio prospected for manuscripts across much of western Europe, visiting the renowned monasteries of Reichenau and Fulda, and wandering as far afield as Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome. — Fred Lerner, The Story of Libraries, 1998 He was renowned for his appetite—in the mid-60's, his daily breakfast consisted of six steaks, four plates of pasta and a dozen eggs … — Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 24 June 1993 … it was hard for me to realize that I was to be honoured by a degree from the oldest and most renowned university in America. — Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery, 1901 a restaurant renowned for its wine list the renowned painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci
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Recent Examples on the Web This approach suits the famously methodical architect, whose firm is renowned for its meticulous attention to detail. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Inside John Pawson's Zen Retreat in the Cotswolds," 27 Mar. 2021 Its president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has been in power since a coup in 1979 and is renowned for his repressive rule, vast network of corruption and lavish vanity projects. Washington Post, "Massive explosions rock Equatorial Guinea’s largest city; many feared dead," 7 Mar. 2021 This is not such a tight straitjacket: Yorkshire's beef and lamb are renowned, and its produce is bountiful. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, "Enjoy Pub Life, Sculpture Parks, and Classic Estates on a Scenic Trip Through Yorkshire, England," 7 Mar. 2021 While Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are renowned for their focus on the final third, Mourinho is a product of an era of the game that saw what was happening at the back as most important. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, "What Tottenham Hotspur’s Downward Spiral Tells Us About Jose Mourinho’s Future," 26 Feb. 2021 While it's renowned for having top departments in many academic disciplines, music is not among them. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Rising opera star from Edina comes home for 'A Holiday Special'," 18 Dec. 2020 Bergmann is the renowned sculptor who created the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument, which honors suffragists Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'We have broken the bronze ceiling': First monument to real women unveiled in NYC's Central Park," 26 Aug. 2020 The Lee statue was created by the renowned French sculptor Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Intricate plans to remove Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue snarled by lawsuit," 20 Aug. 2020 The show features dozens of light installations by ASU students and renowned HYBYCOZO sculptural artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, whose work has been shown at Coachella, Burning Man and the Smithsonian. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "ASU is offering a mile-long, drive-thru 'out of this world' art show. Here's how to see it," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of renowned

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renowned

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“Renowned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of renowned

: known and admired by many people for some special quality or achievement


re·​nowned | \ ri-ˈnau̇nd How to pronounce renowned (audio) \

Kids Definition of renowned

: widely and favorably known a renowned author

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