very well known and, often, highly regarded; famous.

Origin of famed

First recorded in 1525–35; fame + -ed3
Related formso·ver·famed, adjective




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.

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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Related Words for famed

renowned, noted

Examples from the Web for famed

Contemporary Examples of famed

Historical Examples of famed

  • So, too, did the Greeks, and divers other ancient peoples who were famed for their learning.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Is not war the very root and matter of all famed enterprises?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • In that immovable man it was startling, ominous, like the famed nod of the Commander.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • Our boy shall be the noblest and most famed of all the Volsung race.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton

  • She is famed for her letter-writing; and, I believe, practises every morning on a slate.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for famed



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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Word Origin and History for famed

"much talked about," 1530s, past participle adjective from fame (v.), c.1300, from Old French famer, from fame (see fame (n.)).



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]
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