fame
Pronunciation Noun

fame (uncountable)

  1. (now, rare) What is said or reported; gossip, rumour.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 651-4:
      There went a fame in Heav'n that he ere long / Intended to create, and therein plant / A generation, whom his choice regard / Should favour […].
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, page 23:
      If the accused could produce a specified number of honest neighbours to swear publicly that the suspicion was unfounded, and if no one else came forward to contradict them convincingly, the charge was dropped: otherwise the common fame was held to be true.
  2. One's reputation.
  3. The state of being famous or well-known and spoken of.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited.
    Antonyms: obscurity, unknownness
Translations Verb

fame (fames, present participle faming; past and past participle famed)

  1. (transitive) to make (someone or something) famous
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