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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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joining the members of the fashion community in paying tribute to renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh, who died yesterday at the age of 74. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Honor Photographer Peter Lindbergh on Instagram," 4 Sep. 2019 The renowned German fashion photographer also snapped Meghan for the October 2017 cover of Vanity Fair, when the Suits star opened up about her romance with Prince Harry for the first time. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle Honors Legendary Photographer Peter Lindbergh with Never-Before-Seen Photo," 4 Sep. 2019 Peter Lindbergh, the renowned German fashion photographer, died on Tuesday at the age of 74. Julia Webster, Time, "German Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 Crafted by renowned architect Carlos Alvarez, no detail was spared. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Overlooking the 11th hole of Cherry Hills Country Club, 8 Churchill Drive is the opportunity to truly have it all," 8 Aug. 2019 Whether lending their beauty to the most renowned photographers in the world or lighting up stages and the big screen in a covetable style, the world was watching and taking notes. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "10 Black Fashion Icons Who Paved the Way in Style," 29 June 2019 Jacobs, Coppola, and Coddington spent the evening signing copies for fans and friends of the American designer; Defrancesco, along with renowned fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and Vogue’s Tonne Goodman all made appearances. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs, Grace Coddington, and Sofia Coppola Celebrate "Marc Jacobs Illustrated" with an Uptown Book Signing," 23 May 2019 The rights group also criticized the arrest of Shahidul Alam, a renowned photographer and activist, on charges of spreading false information about the protests and propaganda against the government under an information technology law. Julhas Alam, Fox News, "Global rights group slams Bangladesh government for attacks," 7 Aug. 2018 The rights group also criticized the arrest of Shahidul Alam, a renowned photographer and activist, on charges of spreading false information about the protests and propaganda against the government under an information technology law. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Global rights group slams Bangladesh government for attacks," 6 Aug. 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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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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