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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Familiarity is renowned as the ideal breeding ground for contempt, the most noxious beast in the marital jungle. Belinda Luscombe, Marie Claire, "Your Partner's Annoying Habits Are Pushing You to the Edge—Here's How Not to Break Up," 21 May 2019 He had previously cooked at WD-50 in New York City and the Fat Duck near London, world renowned for their innovation and ambition. Howie Khan, WSJ, "A Fresh Take on Liquor From Two Noma Alums," 25 Apr. 2018 With the grand opening on April 20th, GCC will present: The Museum: featuring the permanent collection of early oil paintings of David Adickes', a world renowned and Huntsville-born artist. Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: The Woodlands is for art lovers," 30 Mar. 2018 Foodies can watch renowned Black chefs prepare dishes in front of huge crowds., "Black Women Dominate The Biggest Music Festival of the Year & No One Knows," 6 July 2018 The show is hosted by comedian Nicole Byer and renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Success with this Fourth of July cake is worth celebrating," 30 June 2018 On Friday, longtime friend and renowned chef Eric Ripert found the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown host unresponsive in his hotel room in France. Stephanie Petit,, "Anthony Bourdain's Mother Says She Last Spoke to the Late Chef Was on Mother's Day," 11 June 2018 Its mosr renowned stars are Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, Udinese midfielder Valon Behrami and Benfica forward Haris Seferovic. José Luis Sánchez Pando,, "World Cup Group E preview: Brazil out for the reconquest," 30 May 2018 The youngest coach on Boise State's staff, Danielson is renowned for his energy. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise State football's youngest coach turns a nightmare into a dream opportunity | Idaho Statesman," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of renowned

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renowned

see renown entry 1

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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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