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Webster 1913 Edition


Fame

Fame

(fām)
,
Noun.
[OF.
fame
, L.
fama
, fr.
fari
to speak, akin to Gr. [GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK] a saying, report,
φάναι
to speak. See
Ban
, and cf.
Fable
,
Fate
,
Euphony
,
Blame
.]
1.
Public report or rumor.
The
fame
thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house.
Gen. xlv. 16.
2.
Report or opinion generally diffused; renown; public estimation; celebrity, either favorable or unfavorable;
as, the
fame
of
Washington
.
Syn. – Notoriety; celebrity; renown; reputation.

Fame

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Famed
,;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Faming
.]
1.
To report widely or honorably.
The field where thou art
famed

To have wrought such wonders.
Milton.
2.
To make famous or renowned.
Those Hesperian gardens
famed
of old.
Milton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fame

FAME

,
Noun.
[L. fama; Gr. from to speak.]
1.
Public report or rumor.
The fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come. Gen. 14.
2.
Favorable report; report of good or great actions; report that exalts the character; celebrity; renown; as the fame of Howard or of Washington; the fame of Solomon.
And the fame of Jesus went throughout all Syria. Matt. 4.

FAME

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To make famous.
2.
To report.

Definition 2021


fame

fame

See also: famé

English

Noun

fame (usually uncountable, plural fames)

  1. (now rare) What is said or reported; gossip, rumour.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 651-4:
      There went a fame in Heav'n that he ere long / Intended to create, and therein plant / A generation, whom his choice regard / Should favour […].
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, page 23:
      If the accused could produce a specified number of honest neighbours to swear publicly that the suspicion was unfounded, and if no one else came forward to contradict them convincingly, the charge was dropped: otherwise the common fame was held to be true.
  2. One's reputation.
  3. The state of being famous or well-known and spoken of.
    • William Shakespeare
      I find thou art no less than fame hath bruited.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.

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Antonyms

Translations

Verb

fame (third-person singular simple present fames, present participle faming, simple past and past participle famed)

  1. (transitive) To make (someone or something) famous.

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Anagrams


Asturian

Etymology

From Latin fames.

Noun

fame f (plural fames)

  1. hunger
    Teníemos fame.
    We're hungry.

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Esperanto

Adverb

fame

  1. famously

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Galician

Etymology

From Latin fames. Compare Portuguese fome, French faim, Italian fame and Romanian foame.

Noun

fame f (plural fames)

  1. hunger

Synonyms


Interlingua

Noun

fame

  1. hunger

Italian

Etymology

From Latin fames, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰə- (to disappear). Compare Galician fame, French faim, Portuguese fome and Romanian foame.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfaː.me], /ˈfame/
  • Hyphenation: fà‧me

Noun

fame f (plural fami)

  1. hunger
    • 2006, Società Biblica di Ginevra, Nuova Riveduta 2006, Psalm 33:19:
      per liberarli dalla morte e conservarli in vita in tempo di fame.
      to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in times of hunger.
    Ho fame.
    I'm hungry (literally: I have hunger).

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Noun

fame f

  1. plural of fama

Latin

Noun

fame

  1. ablative singular of famēs

References


Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin femina.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfã.mə]

Noun

fame f (oblique plural fames, nominative singular fame, nominative plural fames)

  1. wife, female partner
  2. woman

Usage notes

  • Unlike in modern French, fame usually refers to a wife, while dame usually refers to a woman

Descendants


Old Portuguese

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *faminem, from Latin famēs (hunger), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰə- (to disappear). Cognate with Old Spanish fambre.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfa.me/

Noun

fame f

  1. hunger

Descendants

  • Fala: fomi
  • Galician: fame
  • Portuguese: fome

Spanish

Noun

fame f (plural fames)

  1. Obsolete form of hambre.