widespread and high repute; fame.
Obsolete. report or rumor.

1300–50; Middle English renoun < Anglo-French; Old French renom, derivative of renomer to make famous < Latin re- re- + nōmināre to name

renownless, adjective

1. celebrity, glory, distinction, note, eminence. Unabridged
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renown (rɪˈnaʊn)
widespread reputation, esp of a good kind; fame
[C14: from Anglo-Norman renoun, from Old French renom, from renomer to celebrate, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nōmināre]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. renoun, O.Fr. renon, from renomer "make famous," from re- "repeatedly" + nomer "to name," from L. nominare "to name." The M.E. verb renown has been assimilated to the noun via renowned "famous, celebrated" (late 14c.).
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Example sentences
They have no cause to feel proud of the valor of our sea-captains, of the
  renown of our flag.
Whatsoever knight in the land was of renown for his prowess did wear his
  clothes and his arms all of one same colour.
But one source of reputation is the work and the renown of a program's
It should be kept in mind that comparatively few of those who won renown on the
  field were promoters of rebellion or secession.
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