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illustrious

adjective il·lus·tri·ous \i-ˈləs-trē-əs\

: admired and respected very much because a lot was achieved

Full Definition of ILLUSTRIOUS

1
:  notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions :  eminent
2
archaic
a :  shining brightly with light
b :  clearly evident
il·lus·tri·ous·ly adverb
il·lus·tri·ous·ness noun

Examples of ILLUSTRIOUS

  1. He has had an illustrious military career.
  2. <an illustrious physicist who is a sure bet for a Nobel Prize>

Origin of ILLUSTRIOUS

Latin illustris, probably from illustrare
First Known Use: 1588

Synonym Discussion of ILLUSTRIOUS

famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known <a famous actress>. renowned implies more glory and acclamation <one of the most renowned figures in sports history>. celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print <the most celebrated beauty of her day>. noted suggests well-deserved public attention <the noted mystery writer>. notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil <a notorious gangster>. distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority <a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize>. eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character <the country's most eminent writers>. illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person <illustrious war heroes>.

Rhymes with ILLUSTRIOUS

ILLUSTRIOUS Defined for Kids

illustrious

adjective il·lus·tri·ous \i-ˈlə-strē-əs\

Definition of ILLUSTRIOUS for Kids

:  admired and respected because of greatness or achievement

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