adjective re·nowned \ ri-ˈnau̇nd \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of renowned

: widely acclaimed and highly honored : celebrated

Examples of renowned in a Sentence

  1. 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 LernerThe Story of Libraries1998
  2. 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 DowdNew York Times24 June 1993
  3. … 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. WashingtonUp From Slavery1901
  4. a restaurant renowned for its wine list

  5. the renowned painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci

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Origin and Etymology of renowned

Synonym Discussion of renowned

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

RENOWNED Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of renowned for English Language Learners

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

RENOWNED Defined for Kids


adjective re·nowned \ ri-ˈnau̇nd \

Definition of renowned for Students

: widely and favorably known
  • a renowned author

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