- Renown is fame or celebrity status.
An example of a renown person is someone being recognized by everyone who sees them in public.
renown definition by Webster's New World
- great fame or reputation; celebrity
- Obsolete report or rumor
Origin: Middle English renoun ; from Anglo-French ; from Old French renom ; from renommer, to name again or often, make famous ; from re-, again plush nom(m)er, to name ; from Classical Latin nominare ; from nomen, name
renown definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The quality of being widely honored and acclaimed; fame.
- Obsolete Report; rumor.
Origin: Middle English renoun, from Anglo-Norman, from renomer, to make famous : re-, repeatedly (from Latin; see re-) + nomer, to name (from Latin nōmināre, from nōmen, nōmin-, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots).