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[ri-noun] /rɪˈnaʊn/
widespread and high repute; fame.
Obsolete. report or rumor.
Origin of renown
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 from the web 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-French renoun, Old French renon "renown, fame, reputation," from renomer "make famous," from re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + nomer "to name," from Latin nominare "to name" (see nominate). The Middle English verb reknouen "make known, acknowledge" has been assimilated to the noun via renowned. In old German university slang, a reknowner (German renommist) was "a boaster, a swaggerer."

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