verb (used with object), famed, fam·ing.
Origin of fame
Examples from the Web for fames
The poet nameth Cyrus and Æneas no other way than to show what men of their fames, fortunes, and estates should do.A Defence of Poesie and Poems|Philip Sidney
As if fames were the relics of seditions past; but they are no less, indeed, the preludes of seditions to come.Essays|Francis Bacon
Of your gracious fauor I despaire not, for I am not altogether Fames outcast.
A species of fames canina is to be met with amongst schoolboys, which affects the juveniles most when most in health.
The dropping fire which had been exchanged between their partisans kept their names and fames before the public.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi|Count Carlo Gozzi
British Dictionary definitions for fames
Word Origin for fame
Word Origin and History for fames
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]