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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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  • He thought me a woman who seeks men of renown; he was as jealous and exacting as when his taunts and suspicions separated us.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • He had dreamt of stark battles and of renown that would be hardily won.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Two valiant suitors, equal in Heroic virtue and renown of war!

  • You're going to be a great capitalist—a citizen of credit and renown.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Her talents, her accomplishments, her fascinating conversational eloquence, had spread her renown widely through Europe.

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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