the state of being known and talked about by many people to achieve/win instant fame to rise/shoot to fame overnight Andrew Lloyd Webber of ‘Cats’ fame (= famous for ‘Cats’) The town's only claim to fame is that there was once a riot there. She went to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. see also famous Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘reputation’, which survives in house of ill fame): via Old French from Latin fama.Extra examples After this concert she was firmly on the road to fame and fortune. HIs adventure brought him both fame and notoriety. He shot to fame in 1997 when he won the US Open. He was enjoying his new-found fame. Her fame rests on a single book. In 1934, when at the height of his fame, he disappeared. Largely unknown in his lifetime, Mendel’s discoveries earned him posthumous fame. She found fame on the stage. She gained international fame as a dancer. The restaurant’s fame spread quickly. The town’s main claim to fame is being the home of one of the strangest buildings in the world. a man to whom fame came very late the years of his greatest fame His fame as a conductor grew. Tennis brought him fame and fortune, but it didn’t bring happiness. The town’s only claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Einstein.