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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Three women were to achieve national renown in this decade, two of them as sculptors, and one as Christmas-card Laureate.
▪ Grown to young manhood, Krishna killed his tyrant uncle and won universal renown.
▪ Speakers of international renown will attend the conference.
▪ The general's victories won him renown throughout the country.
▪ And away he went, crashing through their bed to victory and renown.
▪ He was jealous of Voltaire's renown, but his judgment of him, not entirely favourable, was sound enough.
▪ Its pecan pie enjoys some renown in these here parts as well.
▪ Meanwhile Malekith had begun his many journeys and won renown.
▪ Molyneux built on Richmond's earlier successes and became a figure of public renown.
▪ She begins her career under the tutelage of her father, another artist of some talent but not much renown.
▪ That means either scouring the nation for a candidate of lesser renown, or hiring from within.
▪ There was Lord Scarman of liberal renown, but also Lord Devlin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Renown \Re*nown"\ (r?-noun"), n. [F. renom. See Noun, and cf. Renown, v.]

  1. The state of being much known and talked of; exalted reputation derived from the extensive praise of great achievements or accomplishments; fame; celebrity; -- always in a good sense.

    Nor envy we Thy great renown, nor grudge thy victory.

  2. Report of nobleness or exploits; praise.

    This famous duke of Milan, Of whom so often I have heard renown.


Renown \Re*nown"\ (r?-noun"), v. t. [F. renommer to name again, celebrate, make famous; pref. re- re- + nommer to name, L. nominare, fr. nomen a name. See Noun.] To make famous; to give renown to. [Obs.]

For joi to hear me so renown his son.

The bard whom pilfered pastorals renown.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."


n. 1 fame; celebrity; wide recognition. 2 Reports of nobleness or exploits; praise.


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


Renown is fame. The word may also refer to:

  • , the name of multiple ships in the Royal Navy

  • Models of bus manufactured by Associated Equipment Company
    • AEC Renown (3-axle)
    • AEC Renown - low-height double-decker bus built in 1960s
  • Renown (company), Japanese clothing brand
  • Renown Coaches an operator of buses in East Sussex, England
  • Renown Pictures, a British film company. Their most famous release is probably the 1951 Scrooge.
  • Renown, a chain of hospitals in Reno, Nevada
Renown (company)

is a Japan-based company mainly involved in textile and clothing production. It manufactures textile products, and their raw materials, and sells men's and women's clothing. Renown also operates retail stores throughout the world. It also has interests in store design, real estate, and food processing. The company has 51 subsidiaries and six associated companies.

Usage examples of "renown".

After another ten minutes of homage to the Golden Goddess, a bard of some little renown took the stand -- not to demonstrate his bardly prowess, for that was known to all, but to discourse on certain aspects of bardship and allied matters.

And despiteor perhaps because ofhis ready opportunities for pleasure elsewhere, these had set up in him a relentless craving which her subsequent renown and exaltation had only served to inflame, for they had made him suppose the chance of actually basting her again to be gone for ever.

The English line had changed a good deal since it was first formed at crack of dawn and the Worcester had moved up two places, the Orion dropping astern for want of foretopgallantmast and then the Renown with her bowsprit gone in the gammoning: the squadron was now sailing in a bow-and-quarter line, pelting along as hard as ever they could go, all their carefully-husbanded stores, cordage, sailcloth and spars now laid out with a reckless prodigality.

A medium of some renown and a self-proclaimed paranormal expert, Calendula Brite was a woman of modest height and build, who dressed with the bland conservatism of the Beacon Hill over-fifty set.

Heliotrope was a paraplegic pharmacologist from Berkeley, beautiful and brilliant, and a bathtub chemist of underground renown.

University of Tartu achieved international renown for its development of semiotic and structuralist analysis.

An equal partner in the Tripart which formed the acme of scholastic renown on Ascelius.

Cup of Renown that he would fight unhelmed throughout all that trouble, and would bear no shield in any battle thereof however fierce the onset might be.

And whatso thing is steadfast, whatso of good renown, Whatso is fair and lovely, whatso is ancient sooth In the bloody marl shall they mingle as they laugh for lack of ruth.

Since then I have listened to advocates of national renown in our great court and in the Senate sitting as a High Court of Impeachment, but at no time or place have I heard an abler, more scholarly, or more eloquent argument than that of Judge Arrington in the old court-room at Ottawa, Illinois, on that day long gone by.

The Marchioness di Barolo, whose name is linked to his in the memory of so pure and benign a union of friendship, lived the life, died the death, and bequeathed the renown of a saint.

The champion was named brickie of the month and achieved great renown.

Peacocke was a very fine gentleman, and had the reputation of being a skilful military officer, but his extreme caution in this campaign spoiled all chances of any success in winning the renown that might have been his portion had he acted with snap and celerity of movement in battering the Fenian army before they left Canada.

There is no disturbing renown to be got among the cabins of the Flintshire hills.

The disappointment caused by its prognostic inaccuracy was as pathetic as the circumstances surrounding the sudden renown of leading futurologists were amusing.