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

Essential Meaning of renowned

: known and admired by many people for some special quality or achievement a restaurant renowned for its wine list a renowned scientist

Full 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 Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most renowned composers in Western music history. Teresa Carey, Scientific American, 15 Oct. 2021 In Mulieribus celebrates Pauline Garcia-Viardot, one of the most renowned musical figures of 19th century Europe. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Ditto Winterfest, Fort Lauderdale’s nationally renowned holiday boat parade, which returns in December for its 50th sailing, canceled last year. Ben Crandell,, 10 Oct. 2021 James Wilkerson, a computational journalist for The Dallas Morning News who was as well-liked for his quick wit and dry sense of humor as he was renowned for his journalism, died Sunday at a Dallas hospital. Michael Williams, Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2021 Travel 70 miles west of Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park, an area that's renowned for its marine life, ocean scenery, and pirate legends. Molly O'brien, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2021 He is renowned as an athlete and scorer but this will be his first extended opportunity since entering the league to show either against live competition. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Chefs from across the hotel's renowned restaurants show off their skills, celebrating British, French and Mediterranean cuisines. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 15 July 2021 The mind behind Chopra Global is renowned physician, author and wellness guru, Deepak Chopra. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 26 Feb. 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 28 Oct. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of renowned

: widely and favorably known a renowned author

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