May 27, 2013
renown (noun)
\rih-NOUN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a state of being widely known and highly honored : fame
How do you use it?
"Your place of employment is a nightclub of great renown, across the river -- a place of high fashion and low prices, a jumpy joint." (E. B. White, _The Trumpet of the Swan_)
Are you a word wiz?

We trace "renown" to the Latin word "nominare." What do you think "nominare" means?

If you named D as the answer, you are correct. Latin speakers formed the verb "nominare" from their noun "nomen," meaning "name." "Nominare" passed into Anglo-French (the French language used in medieval England) as "nomer," meaning "to name." Anglo-French speakers combined "nomer" with "re-" to form "renomer," meaning "to report, speak of." "Renomer" evolved into "renoun" which passed into Middle English and eventually became "renown."
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