fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs How to pronounce famous (audio) \

Definition of famous

1a : widely known a restaurant famous for its French cuisine
b : honored for achievement a famous explorer
2 : excellent, first-rate famous weather for a walk

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famousness noun

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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

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a book about some of the most famous people of the last century some truly famous Southern-style cooking
Recent Examples on the Web Indianapolis' most famous go-to steak house for out-of-towners. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "An NCAA Tournament champion was crowned. Two people died. Did March Madness pass the test?," 10 Apr. 2021 Pimento cheese, a staple of Southern events from backyard gatherings to black-tie weddings, has been on Augusta National’s menu since the early days, and is the most famous of the club’s culinary offerings. New York Times, "The Sandwich Economics of the Masters and Augusta National," 9 Apr. 2021 Built in 1946, the home was commissioned by retail tycoon Edgar J. Kaufmann, who also commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, one of the most famous houses in the world. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs. This DIY tour points the way," 9 Apr. 2021 The most famous member of the Auburn trio is Harriet Tubman, whose life story is well-known. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "‘The Agitators’ Review: Disturbers of the Peace," 9 Apr. 2021 The world’s two most famous auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, are now accepting bids for NFTs. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is it art? NFTs and the surge of digital ownership.," 9 Apr. 2021 Prince Albert will likely remain the most famous for centuries to come, thanks for example to the museum that jointly bears their names. Lily Rothman, Time, "How Prince Philip Became Queen Elizabeth's Unlikely Husband," 9 Apr. 2021 Together, the three superheroes became linchpins of DC Comics, with Wonder Woman emerging as arguably the world's most famous female superhero. BostonGlobe.com, "Joye Hummel, first woman hired to write Wonder Woman comics, dies at 97," 9 Apr. 2021 Over the years, Saudi investors, chief among them Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the country’s most famous business mogul, have bought up shares in U.S. tech companies like Twitter. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Twitter Is Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissent," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of famous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for famous

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin famosus, from fama fame

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The first known use of famous was in the 14th century

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14 Apr 2021

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“Famous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famous. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of famous

: known or recognized by very many people : having fame


fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs How to pronounce famous (audio) \

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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