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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Hall of Fame
sb’s fame/reputation spreads
▪ Their musical fame has spread far beyond their native country.
sb’s rise to fame
▪ Her success in the film ensured a rapid rise to fame.
▪ This is noted of all. Great fame is spread of the matter.
▪ In the Thirties and Forties, the period of his greatest fame, he lightened and enriched his palette.
▪ She said that babies born in a caul were born to great fame or great misfortune, certainly something special.
▪ Even in the years of his greatest fame, he continued with the routine business of publishing.
▪ Michael Langford achieved international fame with his daring coverage of the Indochina war, both on film and in still pictures.
▪ Each is steeped in interesting history and has at least one claim to national fame.
▪ Her greatest compliment came in 1900 when she was accorded the title of Christmas-card Laureate which earned her national fame.
▪ Industry sources say he is now storming the gates of the international music establishment in search of worldwide fame.
▪ Jason Purvis, the starving beachcomber and would-be great novelist who at last did achieve a kind of fame.
▪ She is the first member of our class to achieve fame.
▪ Before his fight with Fitzmaurice took place, Burke achieved fame in entirely different circumstances.
▪ He achieved campus-wide fame as the Phantom Poet.
▪ They've achieved fame all over the world and have become synonymous with Oxford.
▪ Michael Langford achieved international fame with his daring coverage of the Indochina war, both on film and in still pictures.
▪ You've achieved a certain fame, but it won't last long unless you keep it going.
▪ Connie's garden has achieved considerable fame in recent years and has appeared in a number of books.
▪ A stream of scientific papers began to bring fame but not fortune.
▪ He believed this gig would bring him the fame, fortune and acceptance he craved.
▪ But it could not do without its law students who brought business and fame and brilliance to the town.
▪ His travels and publishing efforts brought fame, and in 1880 fame brought him a bishopric.
▪ A by-product of cheesemaking on farms led to another product which was to bring fame to the name of Ayrshire.
▪ Though his input has been enormous, he is modest about the extent to which it has brought him fame.
▪ But since the release of Chocolat, Dijon has another, slightly unusual, claim to fame too.
▪ Everyone seems to want to get into television to claim their share of fame and fortune.
▪ Her greatest compliment came in 1900 when she was accorded the title of Christmas-card Laureate which earned her national fame.
▪ The younger generations of Tenants still earn their share of fame and, unfortunately, notoriety.
▪ The retired Everton Football Club salesman has keenly followed the campaign and thoroughly enjoys finding a little fame at 70.
▪ In the 1980s, Stevens found fame and the album was re-released and eventually sold more than 100,000 copies.
▪ Her dresses and jumpers have found more fame, All those years wasted - such a shame.
▪ She found fame again due to her prowess at sewing a fine seam.
▪ Because their climb to success has not been an overnight one, the boys find fame easy to handle.
▪ Amy Johnson was a Hull girl who found fame as a pilot in the early days of aviation.
▪ After many years of modest living and involvement in tennis Higueras has found new fame.
▪ Now some of them could find fame closer to home.
▪ Private Enterprise by Richard Smith Ferdie finds fame after years in background.
▪ He gained no instant parliamentary fame although he was a useful back-bencher.
▪ Io was not the only girl who gained geographical fame be-cause Zeus fell in love with her.
▪ He gained fame from his later still-life works.
▪ Camilli, 89, was a San Francisco lad who gained fame as a slugging first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
▪ Henry rose to fame on his own.
▪ After starting out in vaudeville shows, Burns rose to fame with his wife in radio and television programs.
▪ Marinello rose to fame on the back of one of Hibernian's greatest eras.
▪ She was, in fact, Bessie Cohen, who later rose to fame as a music hall soloist.
▪ Roy won fame in 1954 when he signed for Tiger comic and starred in his own publication from 1976.
▪ Only a few won any lasting fame.
▪ Growing older, learning to conquer his diffidence as he wins fame and fortune, still Hornblower does not change.
▪ In the red light district he won his fame.
What price fame/glory etc?
be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc
▪ By the 1860's, when he was at the height of his fame, tragedy struck as he took increasingly to drink.
▪ However, in 1985 he was at the height of his fame as a novelist.
▪ Outwardly, the Cowboys appear to be at the height of their powers.
catapult sb to fame/stardom etc
sb's/sth's claim to fame
▪ Lane is a Broadway actor whose main claim to fame was his role as the voice of Timon in "The Lion King."
▪ But their true calling, and claim to fame, is medicine.
▪ His main claim to fame was that he made the Chiquita guitar that Billy Gibbons endorsed about ten, fifteen years ago.
▪ It's a small, ordinary little village, its only claim to fame the castle, and the burial mounds.
▪ It has no present claim to fame and its longest guidebook entry are the words in Domesday.
▪ On this fact rests Blackpool's claim to fame.
▪ That is his principal claim to fame.
▪ Unlike the chocolate of the film, this is the village's claim to fame.
shoot to fame/stardom/prominence
▪ In 1929 she shot to stardom on Broadway in a Noel Coward play.
ticket to success/fame/stardom etc
▪ All too often large advances can seem like a ticket to stardom.
▪ At the height of his fame, it is estimated that 500 million people watched his show.
▪ He never really achieved the fame and fortune he dreamed of.
▪ She came to Hollywood in search of fame.
▪ The book is about Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame.
▪ The novel's main character has a choice between fame and love.
▪ Be ambitious not for money, not for selfish aggrandizement, not for the evanescent thing which men call fame.
▪ Great fame is spread of the matter.
▪ I take all that fame with a pinch of salt.
▪ In the 1980s, Stevens found fame and the album was re-released and eventually sold more than 100,000 copies.
▪ Only a few won any lasting fame.
▪ So this was what fame is like!
▪ The prizes in fame and funding are substantial and attractive.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fame \Fame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Famed,; p. pr. & vb. n. Faming.]

  1. To report widely or honorably.

    The field where thou art famed To have wrought such wonders.

  2. To make famous or renowned.

    Those Hesperian gardens famed of old.


Fame \Fame\ (f[=a]m), n. [OF. fame, L. fama, fr. fari to speak, akin to Gr. ???? a saying, report, fa`nai to speak. See Ban, and cf. Fable, Fate, Euphony, Blame.]

  1. Public report or rumor.

    The fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house.
    --Gen. xlv. 16.

  2. Report or opinion generally diffused; renown; public estimation; celebrity, either favorable or unfavorable; as, the fame of Washington.

    I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited.

    Syn: Notoriety; celebrity; renown; reputation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., "character attributed to someone;" late 13c., "celebrity, renown," from Old French fame "fame, reputation, renown, rumor" (12c.), from Latin fama "talk, rumor, report; reputation, public opinion; renown, good reputation," but also "ill-fame, scandal, reproach," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (cognates: 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").\n

\nThe 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.\n\nI'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]


n. 1 (context now rare English) What is said or reported; gossip, rumour. 2 One's reputation. 3 The state of being famous or well-known and spoken of. vb. (context transitive English) To make (someone or something) famous.

  1. n. the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed [syn: celebrity, renown] [ant: infamy]

  2. favorable public reputation [ant: infamy]

Fame (duo)

Fame was a Swedish duo consisting of Jessica Andersson (born 27 October 1973 in Stockholm) and Magnus Bäcklund (born 16 November 1965 in Kristinehamn, Värmland County). They met each other at the televised arts school and contest Fame Factory, which aired in autumn 2002. Bäcklund was the overall winner, while Andersson dropped out to give birth to her son Liam. Bäcklund also has two young twin daughters at home. Andersson is a former photo model and Bäcklund is a commercial pilot.


Fame may refer to:

  • Celebrity, a major synonym of fame
Fame (1980 film)

Fame is a 1980 American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker, and written by Christopher Gore. The film follows a group of students during their studies at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City; the story is split into sections corresponding to their auditions, and their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.

Producer David De Silva conceived the idea in 1976, and commissioned Gore to begin work on a script that would focus on the lives of young students attending the High School of Performing Arts. The script, then known as Hot Lunch, became the subject of a bidding war among a host of established film studios before Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) acquired the film rights. After the release of his previous film Midnight Express (1978), Parker decided to helm the project after reading the script, as he wanted to shoot his next film in the United States. Parker and Gore rewrote the script, aiming for a more dramatic and darker tone. During the film's pre-production and filming, Parker encountered difficulties with the New York Board of Education, whose members criticized the script's subject matter and forbade him from filming in the actual school, and U.S. labor unions which objected to the British crew members involved with the film. Principal photography commenced in July 1979 and concluded after 91 days, on a budget of $8.5 million; the film was shot on location in New York.

Upon release, Fame received mixed reviews from mainstream film critics, but was a box office success, grossing $21.2 million during its domestic theatrical run. The film received six Academy Award nominations, and won two for Best Original Song for its title song " Fame", and Best Original Score. The success of the film spawned a media franchise that included television series, stage musicals and a 2009 remake.

Fame (Irene Cara song)

"Fame" is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics), released in 1980 that achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series. The song was performed by Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the Golden Globe Award the same year. In 2004 it finished at number 51 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Fame (David Bowie song)

"Fame" is a song recorded by David Bowie, initially released in 1975. Written by Bowie, Carlos Alomar and John Lennon, it was a hit in North America, becoming Bowie's first number 1 single in the Billboard Hot 100 and one of the most successful singles of the year, ranking at number 7 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100. The single was less successful in Europe, reaching number 17 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Fame (2003 TV series)

Fame is a television series that ran on NBC in the summer of 2003. The show was essentially NBC's attempt to duplicate the success of mega-hit American Idol, right down to their selection of judges. Former pop star Carnie Wilson was similar in her judgements to American Idol's Paula Abdul, Johnny Wright, the veteran music producer, was the show's analogue of Randy Jackson, and JoJo Wright was, like Simon Cowell, the judge who says things to stir people up. The show retained the original Fame theme music (with a new vocal), as well as producer Debbie Allen. Former boy band member Joey Fatone was the official host of the show, but Allen also made frequent appearances.

The show was based on the Italian show Saranno Famosi (which is the Italian for Fame), where young talented dancers, singers and actors attended a school to become real superstars. The main goal of the show was to make all the challengers able to dance, sing and act and so to be complete. It still airs in Italy.

Fame (1982 TV series)

Fame is an American television series originally produced between 1982 and 1987 by Eilenna Productions in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television. The show is based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed the lives of the students and faculty at the fictional New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Although fictional, it was based heavily on the actual Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Most interior scenes were filmed in Hollywood, California. In all seasons except the third, the show filmed several exterior scenes on location in New York City. Season 4 featured 18-year-old Janet Jackson as one of the students.

The popularity of the series, particularly in the UK, led to several hit records and live concert tours by the cast. Despite its success, very few of the actors maintained high-profile careers after the series was cancelled. A number of the cast members were seen again briefly in Bring Back...Fame, a reunion special made for UK television in 2008.

Fame (musical)

A stage musical based on the 1980 musical film Fame has been staged under two titles. The first, Fame – The Musical conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by José Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. The musical premiered in 1988 in Miami, Florida. As Fame on 42nd Street, it was performed Off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd St from 2003 to 2004.

De Silva had produced the 1980 film about students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts. The critically and commercially successful film was followed by a six-season television series, and the musical. The musical is significantly rewritten from the previous adaptations, with an almost entirely new score. The film is referred to several times in the script and in two songs.

It tells the story of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts, among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking comedian/bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, "talented but dyslexic" dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel, and poor dancer Iris.

Since its first production, Fame – The Musical has had hundreds of professional and amateur productions in every major language.

Fame (Grace Jones album)

Fame is the second studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1978 by Island Records.

Fame (2007 film)

Fame is the title of a performance by British comedian Ricky Gervais. It was filmed at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, United Kingdom in 2007.

FAME (database)

FAME (Forecasting Analysis and Modeling Environment) is a time series database from SunGard which comes along with a suite of APIs and domain-specific programming language.

Fame (The Game)

"Fame (The Game)" is the second official single from Donna Summer's 2008 studio album Crayons. It has so far been a major success on Billboard sub-charts, peaking at #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

FAME (company)

FAME is a retail branding agency headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1990, it is part of the TBWA Network and Omnicom Group portfolio. In 2010, FAME was named TBWA's fastest growing agency.

Fame (novel)

Fame is a 2009 novel by the Austrian-German writer Daniel Kehlmann. The narrative consists of nine loosely connected stories about technology, celebrity and alienation. The book has the subtitle "A novel in nine episodes" ("Ein Roman in neun Geschichten"). A movie has been created about it called Glory: A Tale of Mistaken Identities

Fame (1936 film)

Fame is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and starring Sydney Howard, Muriel Aked and Miki Hood. It was made at Elstree Studios.

Fame (2009 film)

Fame is a 2009 American musical drama film and a loose remake of the 1980 film of the same title. It was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Allison Burnett. It was released on September 25, 2009 in the US, Canada, Ireland, and the UK. The film follows NYC talents attending the New York City High School of Performing Arts (known today as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School), where students get specialized training that often leads to success as actors, singers, etc.

Debbie Allen, who portrays the school principal Angela Simms, is the only person to appear in the original movie, the subsequent television show (in the 1980 movie and the series she played role of dance teacher Lydia Grant), and this production.

Usage examples of "fame".

Distracted with the care, not of acquiring, but of preserving an empire, oppressed with age and infirmities, careless of fame, and satiated with power, all his prospects of life were closed.

In the pride of victory, he forfeited what yet remained of his civil virtues, without acquiring the fame of military prowess.

Besides acquiring by arms such a noble territory in France, besides defending it against continual attempts of the French monarch and all its neighbors, besides exerting many acts of vigor under their present sovereign, they had, about this very time, revived their ancient fame, by the most hazardous exploits, and the moat wonderful successes, in the other extremity of Europe.

An old emeritus professor, Doctoran Hildegard, who was famed for his agnosticism, sipped his and announced that he now had evidence of the existence of the Deity.

Farther east, the outer wall of the aisle, as also of the southern aisle, is almost covered with pompous and ugly monuments, few of them remarkable either for their design or for the fame of the persons to whom they were erected.

So I abandoned my original work and began the greater one, even though I had amassed considerable material by that stage and publication would, undoubtedly, have gained me both the fame in the world and the patronage of the mighty which have forever eluded my grasp.

Peers extend to each other would have included avoiding the introductions of anachronisms into a mansion famed for its authenticity.

His fame rests principally on his frescoes at Orvieto, where, by a strange chance, he was appointed, after an interval of time, to continue and complete the work begun by Fra Angelico, the master most opposed to Signorelli in style.

Thus, while Marion is everywhere regarded as the peculiar representative in the southern States, of the genius of partisan warfare, we are surprised, when we would trace, in the pages of the annalist, the sources of this fame, to find the details so meagre and so unsatisfactory.

What astonished the most acute was that this wonderful treaty was conceived and carried out by a young ambassador who had hitherto been famed only as a wit.

Nevertheless, Champagne, or, if you prefer to say so, the departments of the Aube, Marne, and Haut-Marne, richly endowed with vineyards, the fame of which is world-wide, are otherwise full of flourishing industries.

Named in honour of famed local authoress Laura Chase, the first Prize will be presented at Graduation in June.

Christian benevolencethe tranquil heroism of endurance, the blameless purity, the contempt of guilty fame and of honors destructive to the human race, which, had they assumed the proud name of philosophy, would have been blazoned in his brightest words, because they own religion as their principlesink into narrow asceticism.

Crete, or Candia, with Cyprus, and most of the smaller islands of Greece and Asia, have been subdued by the Turkish arms, whilst the little rock of Malta defies their power, and has emerged, under the government of its military Order, into fame and opulence.

Almighty enable you to lend a fresh and unprecedented impetus to the onward march of the Faith, revive the spirit of its supporters, enlarge its limits, multiply its local institutions, consolidate its foundations, safeguard its rights, spread abroad its fame, and aid its followers to discharge befittingly their responsibilities, and concentrate on the attainment of the objectives of the Ten-Year Plan, on which the immediate destiny of the entire community depends.