Word family noun fame adjective famed famous infamous adverb famously infamously
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfamefame /feɪm/ ●●○ noun [uncountable] FAMOUSthe state of being known about by a lot of people because of your achievements He claims he is not really interested in fame.of ... fame (=used to show what someone is famous for) Muhammad Ali, of boxing fameCOLLOCATIONSverbswin/gain fameHe won fame when he appeared in the film ‘The Graduate’.achieve/find fameAmy Johnson found fame as a pilot.bring/win somebody/something fameChomsky’s theories about language brought him fame.rise to fame (=become famous)She rose to fame during the early Sixties.shoot to fame (=become famous very suddenly)She shot to fame as a result of her victory in the Olympics.seek fame (=try to become famous)He sought fame in the jazz clubs of New York.enjoy fame (=be famous)The town briefly enjoyed fame as the location of a popular television series.adjectivesinternational/worldwide fameEdinburgh achieved international fame as a centre of medical education.national fameHer oil paintings won her national fame.lasting fame (=being famous for a long time)Diderot gained lasting fame as the editor of the French Encyclopaedia.brief fame (=being famous for a short time)Ed achieved brief fame as a pop singer in the late 1980s.instant fameThe success of her first novel brought her instant fame.great fameHis acting ability brought him great fame.new-found fameAnna was finding it difficult to get used to her new-found fame.phrasessomebody’s/something’s rise to fameHer rise to fame has been astonishingly rapid.at the height of somebody’s/something’s fame (=when someone was most famous)At the height of his fame, he could earn $5,000 a day.somebody’s/something’s claim to fame (=reason for being famous)One of his main claims to fame is having invented the electric light bulb.fame and fortune (=being rich and famous)He came to London to seek fame and fortune.
Examples from the Corpus
fameThe novel's main character has a choice between fame and love.Be ambitious not for money, not for selfish aggrandizement, not for the evanescent thing which men call fame.The book is about Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame.In the 1980s, Stevens found fame and the album was re-released and eventually sold more than 100,000 copies.Great fame is spread of the matter.At the height of his fame, it is estimated that 500 million people watched his show.The prizes in fame and funding are substantial and attractive.Only a few won any lasting fame.She came to Hollywood in search of fame.I take all that fame with a pinch of salt.He never really achieved the fame and fortune he dreamed of.So this was what fame is like!of ... fameNow, at 18, Crowell is a teen-ager poised on the brink of adult-sized fame.Even here, she can not escape the call of fame.And the consequences of this fame follow him to the end of the novel.It was almost a theological hall of fame.Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, who passed away in 1993.The Mathers, of coal fame, put theirs into hospitals.It would hinder persons of ill fame acting in the business from whose ill conduct the public odium had arisen.
Origin fame (1100-1200) Old French Latin fama report, fame