[ feym ]
/ feɪm /


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.

verb (used with object), famed, fam·ing.

Archaic. to have or spread the renown of; to make famous.

Nearby words

  1. falx cerebri,
  2. fam,
  3. fam.,
  4. famacide,
  5. famagusta,
  6. famed,
  7. fameuse,
  8. familial,
  9. familial aggregation,
  10. familial alzheimer's disease

Origin of fame

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fāma talk, public opinion, repute, akin to fārī to speak

Related formsfame·less, adjectiveout·fame, verb (used with object), out·famed, out·fam·ing.self-fame, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fame


/ (feɪm) /


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
Derived Formsfamed, adjective

Word Origin for fame

C13: from Latin f ā ma report; related to fārī to say

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