Definition of claim to fame in US English:

claim to fame


  • A reason for being regarded as unusual or noteworthy.

    ‘his claim to fame was bringing Garbo to Hollywood’
    • ‘One of the claims to fame at Royal St George's is that it was recast as Royal St Mark's by Ian Fleming, and used as the setting for James Bond's epic match in Goldfinger.’
    • ‘Among its claims to fame, Soweto includes the one street in the world that can boast the former homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners.’
    • ‘Tuskegee has another claim to fame - it is the birthplace of the late Rosa Parks.’
    • ‘Seven years later, he was in charge of the Dunblane branch, and it is one of his claims to fame that, at 23, he was the youngest bank manager in Scotland.’
    • ‘Renowned for its wide main street, this average-sized rural town in the heart of mid-Ulster has few particular claims to fame, as its web site freely admits.’
    • ‘Founded in 1887, this North Texas city about the size of York doesn't have many claims to fame.’
    • ‘Chrysorrogiatissa has two claims to fame: the icon of the Virgin, in its massive silver-gilt frame, is reputed to offer succour to criminals; and its vineyards produce one of the best Cypriot wines.’
    • ‘She sang in the madrigal, one of our school's few claims to fame.’
    • ‘For years the former mill town has been in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbours Leeds and Manchester with little or no claim to fame.’
    • ‘Among the many claims to fame of Dundee and its environs is that it inspired Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'.’
    forte, strong point, strength, métier, long suit, strong suit, talent, skill, bent, gift, claim to fame, department, pièce de résistance
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