celebrated; famous.

Origin of renowned

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at renown, -ed2
Related formsre·nown·ed·ly [ri-nou-nid-lee, -nound-] /rɪˈnaʊ nɪd li, -ˈnaʊnd-/, adverbre·nown·ed·ness, nounun·re·nowned, adjective

Synonyms for renowned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of renowned

Historical Examples of renowned

  • You must exercise the strength of mind for which you are renowned, and make the best of it.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He had now only to meet the youngest; and, to the opinion of all, the least renowned of the challengers.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • They say he was the boldest rider in Ireland, and a renowned duellist too.

  • Our law is renowned for never being swayed by sentimental reasons.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • He is by far the most renowned of the Dutch portrait-painters of this period.

British Dictionary definitions for renowned



having a widespread, esp good, reputation; famous
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Word Origin and History for renowned

"celebrated, famous," late 14c., past participle adjective from renown.

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