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
- 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.
- To report.
- To make famous.
- To defame.
- To famish.
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
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)