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 Elsewhere, three of the most renowned architects of the last half of the 20th century died in 2019: I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli. William Mcdonald, New York Times, "In a Year of Notable Deaths, a World of Women Who Shattered Ceilings," 26 Dec. 2019 Ruby City opens: Internationally renowned architect David Adjaye’s sparking crimson home for the late Linda Pace’s art collection opened its doors in October, revealing a space and exhibitions well worth the buzz. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio's biggest art and entertainment moments of 2019, from 'Hamilton' to Ruby City," 23 Dec. 2019 Schulze will be buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery, where such renowned architects as Mies and Daniel Burnham have their graves. Blair Kamin,, "Franz Schulze, art critic, educator and biographer of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, dies at 92," 10 Dec. 2019 Growing up in the home of a renowned architect — one who designed four Case Study Houses for that landmark program — was akin to living in a model home, at least for the children of Edward Killingsworth. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "Take a rare look inside architect Edward Killingsworth’s Long Beach home," 18 Oct. 2019 Designed by renowned architect Dominique Perrault, its four stories tilting forward are said to evoke a galloping horse. Rob Hodgetts At Longchamp, CNN, "48 hours in Paris among racing's beautiful people," 15 Oct. 2019 The conservancy initially contracted with renowned landscape architects and designers for planning work, but has since lacked the funds required to complete the project. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Efforts to restore Balboa Park’s Botanical Building aided by federal award," 25 Sep. 2019 Dessau, Germany Why go now: Bauhaus Museum opens September 8 Lush parks and vibrant landscapes surround the city made famous by renowned architect Walter Gropius, who brought the Bauhaus School to Dessau in 1926. National Geographic, "5 can’t-miss experiences in September," 30 Aug. 2019 The 165-acre Moraine Farm is a former country estate that was originally designed in 1880 by renowned land architect Frederick Law Olmsted. John Laidler,, "Beverly becomes training ground for aspiring farmers," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

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“Renowned.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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