verb (used with object), famed, fam·ing.
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Origin of fame
Examples from the Web for fame
Tim Russert and I are driving back to the Albany airport after taking our kids to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
We might have thought The Comeback was about a desperate actress's shameless struggle for fame.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is using this technique, which generations of African-Americans have used for survival, for fame and profit.
But, strange to say, Cocker never got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to some rumors, Goya was once on staff before his fame as a Spanish painter.
I know his fame as a pious teacher and a learned man, well beloved of his people.Standish of Standish|Jane G. Austin
O sacred first illusions of childhood, you are sweeter than a thousand year of fame!The Delicious Vice|Young E. Allison
It has been given to few or none to live a life so full of effort and achievement, so rich in honour and success and fame.Views and Reviews|William Ernest Henley
I saw smiling dreams of fame and honour vanish little by little.
The reason for this was that the tree had the fame of keeping off snakes, and also of protecting persons from witches.Chatterbox, 1906|Various
Word Origin for fame
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]