famous

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adjective fa·mous \ˈfā-məs\

Definition of famous

  1. 1a :  widely known a restaurant famous for its French cuisineb :  honored for achievement a famous explorer

  2. 2 :  excellent, first-rate famous weather for a walk

famousness

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Examples of famous in a Sentence

  1. a book about some of the most famous people of the last century

  2. some truly famous Southern-style cooking

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Origin and Etymology of famous

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

Synonym Discussion of famous

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

FAMOUS Defined for English Language Learners

famous

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Definition of famous for English Language Learners

  • : known or recognized by very many people : having fame


FAMOUS Defined for Kids

famous

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adjective fa·mous \ˈfā-məs\

Definition of famous for Students

  1. :  very well-known



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