V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: widespread fame and exalted reputation

Synonyms: celebrity, fame, distinction, prestige, honor, acclaim

Antonyms: infamy, anonymity

Tips: Renown is derived from the Old French renomer, "to make famous." To have renown is to have fame and prestige and be widely spoken of. The adjective renowned means "to be known, praised, and celebrated."

Usage Examples:

Lance Armstrong is world renowned for his cycling abilities and perseverance against all odds. (known, famed, praised) adjective

Loma Linda Medical Center has renown for its work with infant heart transplants. (distinction, prestige)

The singer's renown became even greater when he died. (fame, distinction)

The surf spot is renowned for having the biggest and most dangerous break in the world. (famous, acclaimed) adjective

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