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  1. widespread and high repute; fame.
  2. Obsolete. report or rumor.
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Origin of renown

1300–50; Middle English renoun < Anglo-French; Old French renom, derivative of renomer to make famous < Latin re- re- + nōmināre to name
Related formsre·nown·less, adjective

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Related Words for renown

stardom, preeminence, glory, rep, kudos, celebrity, prominence, mark, note, notoriety, reputation, distinction, repute, eminence, prestige, acclaim, honor, luster, prominency

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British Dictionary definitions for renown


  1. widespread reputation, esp of a good kind; fame
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Word Origin for renown

C14: from Anglo-Norman renoun, from Old French renom, from renomer to celebrate, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nōmināre
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Word Origin and History for renown


c.1300, from Anglo-French renoun, Old French renon "renown, fame, reputation," from renomer "make famous," from re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + nomer "to name," from Latin nominare "to name" (see nominate). The Middle English verb reknouen "make known, acknowledge" has been assimilated to the noun via renowned. In old German university slang, a reknowner (German renommist) was "a boaster, a swaggerer."

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