[ feym ]
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  1. widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character; renown; public eminence: to seek fame as an opera singer.

  2. common estimation or opinion generally held of a person or thing; reputation.

verb (used with object),famed, fam·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from fame

  • fameless, adjective
  • outfame, verb (used with object), out·famed, out·fam·ing.
  • self-fame, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fame


/ (feɪm) /

  1. the state of being widely known or recognized; renown; celebrity

  2. archaic rumour or public report

  1. (tr; now usually passive) to make known or famous; celebrate: he was famed for his ruthlessness

Origin of fame

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

Derived forms of fame

  • famed, adjective

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