re nown

renown

[ri-noun]
noun
1.
widespread and high repute; fame.
2.
Obsolete. report or rumor.

Origin:
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.
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renown (rɪˈnaʊn)
 
n
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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renown
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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