The lead section on Wikipedia biographies tend to contain:

  • Their birth name
  • Their date of birth (in brackets)
  • Their vocation(s), and/or the thing(s) they are famous for

I'm aware this is called the lead section, but I'm specifically interested in the last bit.

Is there a name for a sentence that describes a person's vocation(s) and/or the thing(s) they are famous for?

  • Defining characteristic? Not a sentence name but an attribute descriptor.
    – bib
    Sep 19 '14 at 20:51
  • @bib Apologies, I should've mentioned I'm aiming for a single word where possible.
    – rybo111
    Sep 19 '14 at 20:53
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    Closest I can think of is the phrase claim to fame. It doesn't appear to be hyphenated in any standard dictionary.
    – bib
    Sep 19 '14 at 21:05

Raison d'être is frequently used to describe the reason a thing or a persons is relevant. French, meaning "reason for existance".

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