Definition of fame in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Some people want to keep their private lives to themselves; others emote in public for fame and money.’
    • ‘His brief ten-minute TV appearance so far hasn't brought him instant fame and fortune.’
    • ‘But eventually the fame had become too much, and I believe he had turned to drugs to escape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the fame and the globetrotting, the couple's domestic existence is reassuringly familiar.’
    • ‘This is the man who never gives up in his quest for fame and fortune.’
    • ‘Eaglesmith once was quoted as saying that he lived like a rock star without the fame.’
    • ‘They are after the fantastic first prize we're offering this year which could set the winner on the road to fame and fortune.’
    • ‘A Kingston comedian is dreaming of fame and fortune after winning a national talent competition.’
    • ‘In 1682 he achieved a certain fame by solving a problem which had been publicly posed by Ozanam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is enjoying the fame, and the increase in attention hasn't impinged too badly on her time.’
    • ‘How do you motivate yourself at 27 when you have already achieved fame and enough money to last a lifetime?’
    • ‘Guys who participated in a lot of the first ever matches deserved the fame they got from them.’
    • ‘This final show told an overwhelming story of what people will put themselves through for 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.’
    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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  • fifteen minutes of fame

    • A brief period of fame that a person enjoys before fading back into obscurity.

      • ‘In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.’
      • ‘He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘The lives, loves and actions of everybody are shrunk down so that everyone can have their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘The parties went on into the small hours, with the usual suspects in attendance, plus a few who were trying to milk their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.’
      • ‘Could this have been my fifteen minutes of fame?’
      • ‘Even the humblest of trainers can have his fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘After all, they too deserved their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘It seems everyone really does want their fifteen minutes of fame - bar none.’
      • ‘Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.’
  • of —— fame

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

      ‘the Cariboo country of gold rush 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Mojave Aerospace Ventures is funded by one of the most famous names in the computer world, Paul Allen of Microsoft fame.’


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