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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin fama 'report, fame'

fame

noun
     
fame [uncountable]
the state of being known about by a lot of people because of your achievements
win/achieve/gain/find fame
She won fame as a singer before she became an actress.
rise/shoot to fame
He shot to fame in the seventies as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin.
At that time, the Beatles were at the height of their fame.
The town's only claim to fame (=the only reason why it is well known) is that Queen Elizabeth I once visited it.
He set off to find fame and fortune.
of ... fame (=used to show what someone is famous for)
Hugh Grant, of 'Notting Hill' fame

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