See also: famé

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French fame (celebrity, renown), from Latin fāma (talk, rumor, report, reputation), from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂meh₂-, from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₂- (to speak, say, tell). Cognate with Ancient Greek φήμη (phēmē, talk). Related also to Latin for (speak, say, verb), Old English bōian (to boast), Old English bēn (prayer, request), Old English bannan (to summon, command, proclaim). More at ban.

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NounEdit

fame (uncountable)

  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, p. 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, 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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VerbEdit

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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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fames.

NounEdit

fame f (plural fames)

  1. hunger
    Teníemos fame.
    We're hungry.

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EsperantoEdit

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fame

  1. famously

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fames.

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fame f (plural fames)

  1. hunger

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InterlinguaEdit

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fame

  1. hunger

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fames, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰə- (to disappear).

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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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NounEdit

fame f

  1. plural form of fama

LatinEdit

NounEdit

fame

  1. ablative singular of famēs

Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Latin femina.

NounEdit

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

  1. wife, female partner
  2. woman

Usage notesEdit

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

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NounEdit

fame f (plural fames)

  1. Obsolete form of hambre.
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