re·​nowned | \ri-ˈnau̇nd \

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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Chunsoft has been the most renowned visual novel developer in Japan for decades, and until recently, very few of these titles were released outside their home market. Sam Byford, The Verge, "428: Shibuya Scramble is the best crime book you’ll ever read on your PS4," 12 Oct. 2018 And don’t forget to buy some Quebecois cheese from one of the most renowned local producers, Le Migneron. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Vacation, G7-Style," 29 May 2018 The 32 life-sized bronze sculptures, created by internationally-renowned sculpture artist Seward Johnson, will be displayed in various locations throughout Simsbury until Sept. 15. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 15 May 2018 Laureates are chosen by international committees whose members are recommended by six of the world’s most renowned science societies and academies. Scientific American, "Chasing the Biggest (and Smallest) Questions in the Universe," 11 May 2018 The attending investors each made a new minimum $1 million Israel bond investment and met with internationally-renowned investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett , who also participated in the event that took place in his hometown. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Local Israel Bonds investors attend reception featuring Warren Buffett," 13 July 2018 Most of its season, which includes the nationally renowned IPL Yuletide celebration in December, is performed at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle Downtown. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Local legends and internationally renowned musicians alike will play a fusion of Latin jazz on Friday, smooth jazz and reggae on Saturday, and straight-ahead jazz with subtle African influences on Sunday. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Caribbean Flair Hits This Year's Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz," 2 July 2018 Nearly 100 years after the Harlem renaissance, the thoroughfare is still considered a historic nexus of black New York and the theater one of the most renowned places in the world for black performers. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of renowned

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


re·​nowned | \ri-ˈnau̇nd \

Kids Definition of renowned

: widely and favorably known a renowned author

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