re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

Definition of renown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of being widely acclaimed and highly honored : fame
2 obsolete : report, rumor


renowned; renowning; renowns

Definition of renown (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give renown to

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renown

Synonyms: Noun

celebrity, fame, notoriety

Antonyms: Noun

anonymity, oblivion, obscureness, obscurity

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Examples of renown in a Sentence


He achieved great renown for his discoveries. Her photographs have earned her international renown.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cinematic detail isn’t surprising, given Figueiredo’s renown as a graphic artist whose animated creations and illustrations have been featured in nearly two dozen international festivals, as well as on Nickelodeon and MTV. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss Benji & Rita as Brazilian wave hits Bay Area," 27 Aug. 2019 The celebrated Canadian designer, of La Parka renown, founded the label with her daughters Mosha and Sophie Lundström Halbert in 2017, and their Icelandic heritage has played a foundational role for the brand. Fortune, "Canadian Brand Therma Kōta Is on a Mission to Make Outerwear Cool," 25 Aug. 2019 Castelli, who had earned a modicum of renown as a standout teen soccer player, was in season 5, set in Capetown, South Africa. Jason Parham, WIRED, "When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All," 19 Aug. 2019 Payton went on to greater renown nationally and internationally. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Jim Cullum: A short appreciation," 15 Aug. 2019 Indeed, experienced travelers know that in almost any city with attractions of global renown, closures are a fact of life. James Carroll, USA TODAY, "Exploring Paris while Notre Dame is out of commission: Other must-see spots to check out," 7 Aug. 2019 How the kid-friendly Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon But Peppa’s most recent ascension has been to LGBTQ icon, on top of her already worldwide renown. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 The Japanese call it nazonazo, a mystery upon a mystery, a riddle: Why is Japan — a 130-million-strong G7 nation with the world’s third-largest nominal GDP, bullet trains, robotics, a space program, and tech renown — such a dud in the startup world? Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Japan’s Would-Be Silicon Valley Wants You," 23 July 2019 But a beast is burgeoning in Indy, thanks largely to a defense and O-line that don't get sufficient renown. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL record projections: Can Chargers prevent a Patriots run to Super Bowl LIV?," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And of course, there’s the marvelous—and affordable—local food and wine that Italy is renowned for. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Region of Italy Will Pay You Roughly $765 a Month to Live There," 11 Sep. 2019 After finishing a buffet lunch on deck and mooring at Fragnes, we were driven to Beaune, the busy, historic walled city renowned as a hub for winemakers (and drinkers). Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Slow Boat Through Burgundy: A Barge Trip in France," 3 July 2019 In 2000, Kathy Broussard was 50 years old, a private pilot and a volunteer with Angel Flight, flying patients to Houston from around the country for cancer/medical treatments at Houston’s renowned Texas Medical Center. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Ground Angels gives back to community through volunteering," 21 June 2019 The world renowned forward has tallied two goals and three assists in six appearances this season. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Thorns vs. North Carolina Courage: Players to watch, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 8 Aug. 2019 Kathryn Cook for The New York Times Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life, died on Saturday at his home in Rome. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 To have a home there, on the same playing field as chefs renowned around the globe. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Oaxacan Cuisine Looks Poised to Make Its Mark With U.S. Diners," 8 June 2019 Fresh Start hosts six Surgery Weekends annually where world-renowned plastic and craniofacial surgeons donate their time to provide free surgeries to children. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, July 11," 11 July 2019 The death was not unusual in a jail renowned for corruption and cruelty, where mostly poor defendants can languish for years while awaiting trial. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of renown


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renown


Middle English renoun, from Anglo-French renum, renoun, from renomer to report, speak of, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name

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English Language Learners Definition of renown

somewhat formal : great fame and respect


re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

Kids Definition of renown

: the state of being widely and favorably known

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