Definition of famed in US English:



  • 1Known about by many people; renowned.

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


Middle English: past participle of archaic fame (verb), from Old French famer, from Latin fama.