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[ri-noun] /rɪˈnaʊn/
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
Related forms
renownless, adjective
1. celebrity, glory, distinction, note, eminence. Unabridged
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Examples for renown
  • 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 graduates.
  • It should be kept in mind that comparatively few of those who won renown on the field were promoters of rebellion or secession.
  • He won renown for his cynicism in a few lines of verse that tell how he flees the battlefield after he throws away his shield.
  • Brant cannot claim that level of renown, but his résumé is not shabby.
  • His flair for such creative if controversial theories has brought him worldwide renown.
  • Under him, it won renown for its thoughtful articles.
  • After twenty years in the field, he won renown as a muckraker and politician.
British Dictionary definitions for renown


widespread reputation, esp of a good kind; fame
Word Origin
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 and History for 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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