Origin of reputed

First recorded in 1540–50; repute + -ed2
Related formsun·re·put·ed, adjectivewell-re·put·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for wellreputed


  1. (prenominal) generally reckoned or considered; supposed or allegedhe is the reputed writer of a number of romantic poems
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Word Origin and History for wellreputed



1540s, "held in repute," past participle adjective from repute (v.). Meaning "supposed to be" is from 1570s. Related: Reputedly.

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