Definition of fame in English:



  • [mass noun] The state of being known by many people.

    ‘the song's success rocketed him to stardom and fame’
    • ‘A Kingston comedian is dreaming of fame and fortune after winning a national talent competition.’
    • ‘Despite the fame and the globetrotting, the couple's domestic existence is reassuringly familiar.’
    • ‘They are after the fantastic first prize we're offering this year which could set the winner on the road to fame and fortune.’
    • ‘She arrived in Los Angeles dreaming of fame and fortune.’
    • ‘Eaglesmith once was quoted as saying that he lived like a rock star without the fame.’
    • ‘Nowadays there are so many people that just seem to be in it for the fame, who are just using music to keep their name known.’
    • ‘His brief ten-minute TV appearance so far hasn't brought him instant fame and fortune.’
    • ‘Occasionally, as in the case of Abba, the winning Eurovision band goes on to fame and fortune, but mostly they don't.’
    • ‘How do you motivate yourself at 27 when you have already achieved fame and enough money to last a lifetime?’
    • ‘She is enjoying the fame, and the increase in attention hasn't impinged too badly on her time.’
    • ‘Some people want to keep their private lives to themselves; others emote in public for fame and money.’
    • ‘This is the man who never gives up in his quest for fame and fortune.’
    • ‘He is reported as having suffered from clinical depression after the trauma of sudden fame and sudden mass public hatred.’
    • ‘The women are certainly not in it for the money or the fame - there's precious little of that to go around.’
    • ‘They are an adventurous bunch and many of them venture overseas to find fame and fortune.’
    • ‘In 1682 he achieved a certain fame by solving a problem which had been publicly posed by Ozanam.’
    • ‘Guys who participated in a lot of the first ever matches deserved the fame they got from them.’
    • ‘He seems to be handling the fame rather well considering the people he climbed over.’
    • ‘This final show told an overwhelming story of what people will put themselves through for fame and fortune.’
    • ‘But eventually the fame had become too much, and I believe he had turned to drugs to escape.’
    renown, celebrity, stardom, popularity, notability, note, distinction, prominence, esteem, importance, account, consequence, greatness, eminence, pre-eminence, glory, honour, illustriousness, prestige, stature, standing, reputation, repute
    notoriety, infamy
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  • of —— fame

    • Having a particular famous association; famous for having or being ——

      ‘the village is the birthplace of Mrs Beeton, of cookery fame’
      • ‘I wasn't half bad at it aged 16 and ‘performed’ in some sort of contest in front of Lord Cudlipp of Daily Mirror fame.’
      • ‘After their huge success on the TV show Reborn in the USA, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame and Peter Cox, with his band Go West, are joining together to embark on a national tour.’
      • ‘Mojave Aerospace Ventures is funded by one of the most famous names in the computer world, Paul Allen of Microsoft fame.’
      • ‘The show was screened around the world and starred David Schwimmer of Friends fame and British actor Damian Lewis.’
      • ‘All 420 pupils were decked out in their sports attire and runners ready to take on some of the seven foot players of Notre Dame fame at their own game - basketball!’


Middle English (also in the sense ‘reputation’, which survives in house of ill fame): via Old French from Latin fama.