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

Other Words from famous

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

Examples of famous in a Sentence

a book about some of the most famous people of the last century some truly famous Southern-style cooking
Recent Examples on the Web The area was famous for its miles of slot canyons, spectacular red-rock architecture, and hanging gardens, as well as millennia of Indigenous cultural artifacts and sites. Nick Bowlin, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 Dolly Parton tapped a line from one of her most famous songs to pay tribute to her beloved friend Naomi Judd. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 May 2022 The hotel brand became famous for setting up shop in offbeat neighborhoods—where the rent was presumably cheaper—and then transforming those areas into new capitals of cool. Ann Abel, Forbes, 3 May 2022 An obituary on Thursday about Cynthia Albritton, who became famous for making sculptures of rock musicians’ genitals, misstated the surname of the friend who confirmed her death. New York Times, 3 May 2022 It's presented when the train arrives at Turtle Island, which is famous for the mollusk. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 2 May 2022 Founder of the Half Baked Harvest brand, Gerard is famous for cooking for her big family — including five brothers and a sister — in the Colorado mountains. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Tucci also gets to sample a Duck ragu despite Venice being more famous for its seafood. oregonlive, 1 May 2022 City life is famous for creating professional fast walkers. Jason Gay, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Famous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famous. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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