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[ri-nound] /rɪˈnaʊnd/
celebrated; famous.
Origin of renowned
1325-75; Middle English; see renown, -ed2
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[ri-nou-nid-lee, -nound-] /rɪˈnaʊ nɪd li, -ˈnaʊnd-/ (Show IPA),
renownedness, noun
unrenowned, adjective
famed, distinguished, honored, notable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for renowned
  • As great a stake depends on your private act to-day as followed their public and renowned steps.
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  • The research focuses on the flight of the pestilent locust, an insect renowned for its efficient flying style.
  • Fly geneticists have been renowned-and chastised-for their fondness for quirky names.
  • Influenza is, as you know, renowned for its ability to mutate.
  • The pious posturing of countries renowned for beastliness to their citizens incenses critics.
  • Its military strength is renowned, and accomplished.
  • He was renowned for his intuitive connection to the audience.
  • Tigers are the largest of all wild cats and are renowned for their power and strength.
  • Those experiences, along with many others, fostered a caution renowned in mountaineering circles.
British Dictionary definitions for renowned


having a widespread, esp good, reputation; famous
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Word Origin and History for renowned

"celebrated, famous," late 14c., past participle adjective from renown.

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