I'm looking for a word which describes how well known something is.

An example of the scale I am looking for is :

  • Common
  • Notable
  • Well-Known
  • Famous

I've tried the Thesaurus, but with no luck this time.

To add a little more context

The word will be used to describe a scale of how well known a person is between factions, The other scale which is used is Standings (Enemy, Unfriendly, Neutral, Friendly, Ally).

So if standing could be displayed on the X-axis then Y axis would be the word which I am looking for.

  • Sample sentence, please.
    – Davo
    Apr 26, 2017 at 16:39
  • I attempted to supply an example through the words that i would you it for, which should suffice. In fact I assumed it would be better than an actual sentence as the word I am looking for WILL NOT BE USED in a sentence directly. So Clare and Davo, could you at least attempt to answer the question instead of focusing so much on the rules of the website that you forget to actually read the question. I will try add an example shortly which should supply the required context. Apr 26, 2017 at 16:51
  • A scale of, er, popularity could be used in countless ways and in innumerable contexts. You've given no other reason except your 'feeling' for rejecting three words. The purpose of a single-word request is to narrow the nearly endless contexts down to a specific one, so that we don't have to guess what you are looking for. For instance, there's the word notoriety. It has connotations. We have no idea whether it would be good for you, because you haven't told us anything about the context within which the word will be used. Edit: the edited question seems better. Apr 26, 2017 at 16:57
  • I added how i would be using it, is this better? Apr 26, 2017 at 16:59
  • You could also greatly improve your question by telling us why "Popularity", "Fame" and "Familiarity" don't work for you. Apr 26, 2017 at 17:02

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I would go with "Familiarity", especially the 1.1 definition:



1 Close acquaintance with or knowledge of something.

‘increase customer familiarity with a product’

1.1 The quality of being well known; recognizability based on long or close association.

‘the reassuring familiarity of his parents' home’

One could certainly have degrees of familiarity.


Popularity works well as a name for your scale:

Popularity (Oxford)

The state or condition of being liked, admired, or supported by many people. ‘he was at the height of his popularity’

Notice the example includes the phrase: 'at the height of his popularity', popularity is something that can be thought of in degrees, so fits the idea of being measured on a scale of some sort. You are not simply unpopular or popular, but you can be popular to varying degrees, for example mapping onto the terms in your question: -

Common - not particularly popular

Notable - somewhat popular

Well known - popular

Famous - at the height of popularity


Regarding somethink which is not an invention, and not somebody :

Patent adjective

  1. Easily seen through due to a lack of subtlety: broad, clear, obvious, plain, unmistakable, unsubtle.
  2. Readily seen, perceived, or understood: apparent, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, observable, obvious, plain, pronounced, visible.


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