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 However, while ski areas can be found all over Europe, the countries of France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy are particularly renowned for their ski-friendly climate, terrain, and infrastructure. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 14 Aug. 2021 Thomas Keller teamed up with renowned caviar expert Shaoching Bishop—formerly of Tsar Nicoulai and Sterling Caviar—to create this company devoted to working with purveyors around the world to source outstanding products. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a renowned scientist and civil rights activist who inspired Harris to follow her dreams. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 1 June 2021 Among them was Ralph Baric, a virologist who worked with Shi Zhengli, a renowned expert on bat coronaviruses based in Wuhan, who is central to many lab-leak hypotheses. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Floyd died from a low level of oxygen that damaged his brain and caused his heart to stop, testified Dr. Martin Tobin, a renowned expert who specializes in pulmonology and critical care. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2021 Tom House, a renowned pitching expert, has coached Nolan Ryan and Greg Maddux. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The university plans to celebrate the renowned scientist’s birthday and his life with four days of online lectures from Feb. 8 through Feb. 12. Diana Bravo,, 2 Feb. 2021 Despite France’s world-renowned health care system, about 7 million people live in areas where access to a doctor is limited, according to a recent survey published by Mutualité Française, a leading professional union of health insurance companies., 28 Aug. 2021

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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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“Renowned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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