- widespread and high repute; fame.
- Obsolete. report or rumor.
Origin of renown
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Examples from the Web for renown
Simmons is an interesting role model given her renown as a multi-media, feminist artist.Comedians and Feminism Getting Laughs
October 23, 2014
But, the Yahwist describes the Nephilim as “heroes that were of old, warriors of renown,” not as gods or even demi-gods.The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God
March 28, 2014
Suite Française finally brought her back to renown with its publication in France in 2004 and subsequent English translation.Jack Kerouac’s ‘The Sea Is My Brother’ and Other Lost Novels
March 21, 2012
SCORPIO Sudden elevation in renown is yours with the New Moon Wednesday.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 22, 2011
Don't chase money or renown, operate as if you're already flush, famous and, we hasten to add, humbled by it all.Horoscopes: The Week of April 3
Starsky + Cox
April 3, 2011
Shakespeare owes the greater part of his renown to Mary Fitton.The Man Shakespeare
His renown as an illustrator remains high as ever in France.In the Heart of Vosges
The kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity.The Devil's Dictionary
There was nothing left for him to do to increase his renown.
He was succeeded by a preacher, Ancillon, of renown in church affairs.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- widespread reputation, esp of a good kind; fame
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."