a. The state of being widely known, widely recognized, or of great popular interest: a singer of international fame.
b. Public estimation; reputation: a politician of ill fame.
2. Archaic Rumor.
tr.v. famed, fam·ing, fames
1. To make renowned or famous.
2. Archaic To report to be: "The fancy cannot cheat so well / As she is famed to do" (John Keats).
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fāma; see bhā-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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