Definition of fame in English:

fame

noun

  • The condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements.

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

  • of —— fame

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

      ‘the Cariboo country of gold rush 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
  • fifteen minutes of fame

Origin

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

Pronunciation

fame

/fām//feɪm/