- 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 fame
Tim Russert and I are driving back to the Albany airport after taking our kids to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
She is using this technique, which generations of African-Americans have used for survival, for fame and profit.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
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
December 23, 2014
According to some rumors, Goya was once on staff before his fame as a Spanish painter.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
"I am satisfied with the pursuit of wisdom, not with the fame of it," replied the sage.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The fame of the Nile valley must have spread at an early date.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He has made a speech, and dedicated it to German fame for ever.
Your squires are doubtless worthy the fame of their masters.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But to have been Caesar's mistress was Cleopatra's chief title to fame.The Man Shakespeare
- 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 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]