renowned

adjective
re·nowned | \ri-ˈnau̇nd \

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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The youth clubs in the area, the likes of Wallsend Boys Club, are widely renowned and boast a long list of current and former professionals as alumni. SI.com, "Improving Newcastle's Academy Might Just Make the Magpies Premier League Regulars for Years to Come," 4 July 2018 But behind the celebratory music was powerful symbolism: The shrine is renowned as a pilgrimage site for migrants. Daniel Blue Tyx, Washington Post, "U.S. Catholic bishops to minister to children in border detention centers," 2 July 2018 Your ability to get past a problem and not get caught up in the details is renowned. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 24 May 2018 One French royal family, the Bourbons, was notoriously and fatally renowned for learning nothing and forgetting nothing — repeating mistakes and holding grudges. Patt Morrison, latimes.com, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Peacock feathers are renowned for their distinctive metallic shimmer, but few realize these hues are produced by tiny structures that scatter light, rather than pigmentation. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This Vibrant Bacteria Could Be Used to “Grow” Iridescent Paint in Any Color," 22 Feb. 2018 Let that sink in, then think about this contrast: No actual FBI agent, no matter how renowned, would be able to get a judicial warrant based solely on his own reliability as an investigator. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns," 10 Feb. 2018 The orchestra has long been renowned for its sound -- precise, lithe and transparent, yet not lacking in power or color -- and its disciplined work ethic, both honed by a series of strong maestros in the modern era. New York Times, cleveland.com, "At 100, the Cleveland Orchestra may (quietly) be America's best," 23 Jan. 2018 America’s home cooks are renowned for their serial affairs with kitchen appliances, from the immersion circulator to the Instapot. Janet Fletcher, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why not wood-fire all your meals?," 17 Jan. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of renowned

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

renowned

adjective
re·nowned | \ri-ˈnau̇nd \

Kids Definition of renowned

: widely and favorably known a renowned author

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