Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Great renown: a concert violinist of international fame.
  • n. Public estimation; reputation: a politician of ill fame.
  • n. Archaic Rumor.
  • transitive v. To make renowned or famous.
  • transitive v. Archaic To report to be.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. What is said or reported; gossip, rumour.
  • n. The state of being famous or well-known and spoken of.
  • v. to make (someone or something) famous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Public report or rumor.
  • n. Report or opinion generally diffused; renown; public estimation; celebrity, either favorable or unfavorable.
  • transitive v. To report widely or honorably.
  • transitive v. To make famous or renowned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To report.
  • To make famous.
  • To defame.
  • To famish.
  • n. A public report or rumor.
  • n. Report or opinion widely diffused; renown; notoriety; celebrity, favorable or unfavorable, but especially the former; reputation: as, the fame of Washington; literary fame: rarely used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. favorable public reputation
  • n. the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fāma; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French fame ("celebrity, renown"), from Latin fāma ("talk, rumor, report, reputation"), from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂meh₂-, from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂- (“to speak, say, tell”). Cognate with Ancient Greek φήμη (phēmē, "talk"). Related also to Latin for ("speak, say", v), Old English bōian ("to boast"), Old English bēn ("prayer, request"), Old English bannan ("to summon, command, proclaim"). More at ban. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whatever is enclosed within marks of parenthesis is also independent of the rest of the sentence; as, I stake my fame (_and I had fame_), my heart, my hope, my soul, upon this cast.

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  • For rumour [the Greek pheme, via fama in Latin, gives us our word fame] is an evil thing; by nature she's a light weight to lift up, yes, but heavy to carry and hard to put down again.

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  • Must be real career boost when your main claim to fame is to be able to mock someone.

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  • His other claim to fame is to have steered the Orwellian Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill onto the Statute Book, a bill that would, in its unamended state, have allowed the Government to make laws without having to bother with the tedious business of Parliament approval.

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  • I am going to make you famous, not that your fame is any less without my help.

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  • For that more lasting success which we call fame other qualities are needed, such qualities as imagination, fancy, and magic and force in the use of words.

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  • Her 15 minutes of "fame" is over and she has milked it for all it is worth.

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  • It's a free country and I certainly don't begrudge Mr. Coursey the right to make money in any way he sees fit, but (and I'm being charitable here) I'm not sure his "fame" is a good fit for his business model.

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  • Hey, the guy's claim to fame is that he was the economic development brains behind Vera Katz -- what were you expecting?

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  • In any case, John goes on to say that the best literal translation of postera crescam laude (taking into account the recens which follows laude) would appear to be: “I will continue to grow in fame hereafter, ever new.”

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