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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One of England’s premier choral ensembles, the renowned Tallis Scholars, makes a rare Northwest visit with its director, Peter Phillips, under auspices of Cappella Romana. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Nicknamed the godmother of wellness, she was then married to Edmond Szekely, a renowned linguist, philosopher, psychologist, visionary, and natural-living mentor. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 When asked about having to coach against Ronaldo in a pivotal group finale, Queiroz said renowned film director Martin Scorsese couldn't write a better script. Brett Martel,, "Iran, Portugal face off in high-stakes group finale," 24 June 2018 The bows mark the first Billboard chart ink for Gibson, a renowned choir director in the UK. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir's 'Stand by Me' Cover Crowns Hot Gospel Songs Chart After Royal Wedding Performance," 31 May 2018 Grace Coddington, renowned former creative director of American Vogue, famously planned an elaborate shoot inspired by Brassaï’s rendition of Paris in the documentary The September Issue. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Photographer Who Captured 1930s Paris Nightlife," 10 May 2018 Along with renowned director Hayao Miyazaki, Takahata founded Studio Ghibli, among the most influential animation houses in the world. Eli Meixler, Time, "The Japanese Animation Director and Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata Has Died," 6 Apr. 2018 Much of that electricity originated with Michael Tilson Thomas, the longtime and justly renowned music director of the San Francisco Symphony. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra thrives under Russian musical influence, with Michael Tilson Thomas (review)," 9 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, renowned director Agnès Varda got a Best Feature Documentary nod for Faces Places. Evelyn Wang, Glamour, "Here's the Full List of the 2018 Oscar Nominees," 23 Jan. 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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