One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Known about by many people; renowned.‘he is famed for his eccentricities’
famous, celebrated, well known, prominent, noted, notable, renowned, distinguished, esteemed, respected, acclaimed, honoured, exalted, remarkable, legendary, lionized, much publicizedView synonyms
- ‘And it's even possible to buy an island in the waters of Lake Nicaragua, famed for its freshwater sharks.’
- ‘As anyone lucky enough to get tickets for one of his regular sell-out shows will know, he is famed for performing until the early hours.’
- ‘As a mathematician Carlyle is famed for his English translation of Legendre's éléments de géométrie.’
- ‘Palakkad, once famed for its ponds and tanks, has now lost most of them and the effect was a severe scarcity of water.’
- ‘The place is justly famed for its antipasti and the final limoncello; you might want to skip straight from one to the other.’
- ‘India has a cuisine as diverse as its contrasting climate and the Punjab is famed for its clay ovens and tandoori cooking.’
- ‘Fair Isle, famed for its shipping forecasts, boasts that it is Britain's most remote inhabited island.’
- ‘Not only were they fitter, but university sides were famed for producing some of the most innovative players of their generation.’
- ‘Mr Geller, famed for his spoon-bending, has already signed up pop star Michael Jackson as an honorary director.’
- ‘Also known as the Jersey Royal, this is a waxy salad potato famed for its distinctive flavour.’
- ‘Trebah Gardens, Falmouth, Cornwall is famed for its ravine gardens and this is one of the best.’
- ‘While students in the 1960s were famed for their radicalism, students of today are labelled as apathetic.’
- ‘The actors, famed for using northern dialect to make classics accessible, begins its tour of Henry V next week.’
- ‘This wine comes from Portugal's Douro valley, which is famed for port.’
- ‘The bridge is famed for its cantilever structure, a term disliked by the original Victorian engineer Benjamin Baker.’
- ‘It is famed for its haute cuisine and was recently named one of the country's top restaurants in The Independent.’
- ‘Not far away is Rotorua, a tourist spot famed for its steam, geysers, bubbling mud and foul, sulphurous smells.’
- ‘The Regent Chiang Mai Resort and Spa offers shelter in an area famed for its distinctive culture.’
- ‘Our hero finds himself in Royale, a small French town famed for its casino (you can guess its name).’
- ‘The event featured cuisine, music and folk dances from the land famed for its golden beaches.’
- 1.1archaic Widely reported or rumoured.
Middle English: past participle of archaic fame (verb), from Old French famer, from Latin fama.
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