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
Recent Examples on the Web Broad factual details of the accident are globally renowned. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 Since then, the actor has made more than 100 films and is internationally renowned for his roles in many of the iconic films of our time. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Home to the most diverse antelope species across the whole of Africa, the Kafue is also renowned for its dynamic lion populations, and is one of the strongholds of lion conservation in Africa. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 The 2020 winner was Dr. Paul Farmer, the medical anthropologist, humanitarian and author renowned for his work in impoverished communities. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Christopher Walken is renowned for his unique take on characters who are charismatic but also menacing, haunted yet off-kilter, or sometimes, all of the above. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 Le Korsa, borne from the artistic essence of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation celebrating the renowned artists, fundamentally incorporates the unifying elements of art and design to educate and create community. Rod Berger, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Participants run the gamut from college students to renowned artists at the peak of their careers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2022 Still, writing songs for renowned artists across multiple genres elevated Long’s skill in producing her own music. ELLE, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of renowned

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Renowned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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re·​nowned | \ ri-ˈnau̇nd How to pronounce renowned (audio) \

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: widely and favorably known a renowned author

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