American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make famous.
- To behave or pose as a renowner; swagger; boast: with indefinite it.
- n. The state of having a great or exalted name; fame; celebrity; exalted reputation derived from the widely spread praise of great achievements or accomplishments.
- n. Report; rumor; éclat.
- n. A token of fame or reputation; an honor; a dignity.
- n. Haughtiness.
- n. Synonyms Fame, Honor, etc. (see glory, n.), repute, note, distinction, name.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Report of nobleness or exploits; praise.
- v. obsolete To make famous; to give renown to.
- n. the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
- Old French renon, from re- + non ("name") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English renoun, from Anglo-Norman, from renomer, to make famous : re-, repeatedly (from Latin; see re-) + nomer, to name (from Latin nōmināre, from nōmen, nōmin-, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Connected with this department was the College of Sages -- a college especially favoured by such of the Ana as were widowed and childless, and by the young unmarried females, amongst whom Zee was the most active, and, if what we call renown or distinction was a thing acknowledged by this people (which I shall later show it is not), among the more renowned or distinguished.”
“One GOP victor likely to gain quick renown is Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is positioning himself as the tea party movement's standard-bearer on Capitol Hill.”
“I believe ... yes, I'm almost certain that it was a British poet of some renown from the latter 20th century who famously and through wasp-stung lips howled “You Can't Always Get Whatcha 'Want”.”
“Except of course, our Armed Forces are held in renown the world over.”
“While Victor Manuel, a young composer of growing renown, is the only Medeles brother to have pursued music as a profession, his siblings Jesus, a veterinarian, Angel, a dentist, and other members of this large clan have learned to play a wide array of instruments for pleasure and profit.”
“The difference, however, is that Seneca and Epicurus published their letters so that their friends might live on in renown, not the letter writers.”
“There are many people who I talk to who went to much smaller schools, schools that don't have the name renown who sounded to me like they got just as good an education or better.”
“He found him at Bethel and talked with him there—the Lord God Almighty, the Lord is his name of renown!”
“I am honoured to present at this traditional party of the Empire Club of Canada a new Canadian singing star of whom international recognition and renown is confidently predicted.”
“Lost in the prime of youth, in the opening of thy renown, is it thus that all which is good is to be martyrized by the enemies of Scotland?”
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