illustrious


il·lus·tri·ous

adjective \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

Rhymes with ILLUSTRIOUS

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