- very well known and, often, highly regarded; famous.
Origin of famed
- 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.
- Archaic. to have or spread the renown of; to make famous.
Origin of fame
Examples from the Web for famed
If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas
December 25, 2014
There she met Janet Flanner, who would become a famed New Yorker correspondent “Genet”—for three decades.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
Promo shots for Dee Dee King, taken by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, are also on display at the Storefront Gallery.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
It should be noted that LA tap water, rather than NYC's famed brand, was chosen for the test.The Bottled Water Taste Test
The Daily Beast Video
December 1, 2014
In 1978, for instance, Hockney was introduced to a new printing method by the famed printer Ken Tyler.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
So, too, did the Greeks, and divers other ancient peoples who were famed for their learning.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Is not war the very root and matter of all famed enterprises?The Praise of Folly
In that immovable man it was startling, ominous, like the famed nod of the Commander.Within the Tides
Our boy shall be the noblest and most famed of all the Volsung race.Told by the Northmen:
E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
She is famed for her letter-writing; and, I believe, practises every morning on a slate.David Elginbrod
- the state of being widely known or recognized; renown; celebrity
- archaic rumour or public report
- (tr; now usually passive) to make known or famous; celebratehe was famed for his ruthlessness
Word Origin and History for famed
"much talked about," 1530s, past participle adjective from fame (v.), c.1300, from Old French famer, from fame (see fame (n.)).
early 13c., "character attributed to someone;" late 13c., "celebrity, renown," from Old French fame "fame, reputation, renown, rumor," from Latin fama "talk, rumor, report, reputation," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (cf. Sanskrit bhanati "speaks;" Latin fari "to say," fabula "narrative, account, tale, story;" Armenian ban, bay "word, term;" Old Church Slavonic bajati "to talk, tell;" Old English boian "to boast," ben "prayer, request;" Greek pheme "talk," phone "voice, sound," phanai "to speak;" Old Irish 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.
I've always been afraid I was going to tap the world on the shoulder for 20 years, and when it finally turned around I was going to forget what I had to say. [Tom Waits, "Playboy" magazine interview, March, 1988]