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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

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Almost from the start the cardio-meets-pilates workout attracted famous fans. Taryn Toomey, Glamour, "How Fitness Guru Taryn Toomey Got "Obsessed" with Cash Flow and Created Jennifer Aniston's Favorite Workout," 9 Apr. 2019 Ellen DeGeneres has called on fans and friends alike to boycott several famous hotels—and for a very good reason. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Ellen DeGeneres Calls On Fans to Boycott These Famous Hotels," 3 Apr. 2019 Two of the members of the over-the-top Southern family made famous by USA Network's hit reality series are striking out on their own. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Chase and Savannah Chrisley's New Show Is Coming to TV Soon—Here's What We Know," 16 Mar. 2019 In the span of two weeks the famous family was shook with not one, but two cheating scandals. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 The World, an artificial archipelago of 300 islands built off Dubai’s coast and completed in 2008, was supposed to be a playground for the rich and famous. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Property Prices Tumble in Dubai," 12 Feb. 2019 Fifty-seven years after its debut, the Arco Floor Lamp is still an iconic and desirable design—made famous in part by its big-screen appearances in movies like Diamonds Are Forever and The Italian Job. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Arco Floor Lamp Is the Perfect Solution for Rooms Without Overhead Lighting," 5 Feb. 2019 Here's why: La Toya is obviously part of a very famous family. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Wild Theory About the Alien on 'The Masked Singer' Is 100% Correct," 23 Jan. 2019 Likewise, bloggers now have almost as much influence as celebrated decorators and the rich and famous people who usually hire them. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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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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