widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character; renown; public eminence: to seek fame as an opera singer.
common estimation or opinion generally held of a person or thing; reputation.
verb (used with object), famed, faming.
Archaic. to have or spread the renown of; to make famous.

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fāma talk, public opinion, repute, akin to fārī to speak

fameless, adjective
outfame, verb (used with object), outfamed, outfaming.
self-fame, noun
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fame (feɪm)
1.  the state of being widely known or recognized; renown; celebrity
2.  archaic rumour or public report
3.  (tr; now usually passive) to make known or famous; celebrate: he was famed for his ruthlessness
[C13: from Latin fāma report; related to fārī to say]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "celebrity, renown," from O.Fr. fame, from L. fama "talk, rumor, report, reputation," from PIE base *bha- "to speak, tell, say" (cf. Skt. bhanati "speaks;" L. fari "to say;" Arm. ban, bay "word, term;" O.C.S. bajati "to talk, tell;" O.E. boian "to boast," ben "prayer, request;" Gk. pheme "talk,"
phone "voice, sound," phanai "to speak;" O.Ir. bann "law"). The goddess Fama was the personification of rumor in Roman mythology. The Latin derivative fabulare was the colloquial word for "speak, talk" since the time of Plautus, whence Spanish hablar.
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Example sentences
Her fame came from her longevity and from her celebrity friends.
If fame and cash are a writer's chief goals, then they are a good measure of
And he was the last to do so, which is fame of a sort.
Subjects were given a memory test known as the false fame paradigm, in which
  they were asked to recite a list of unfamiliar names.
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