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 Yet despite its remoteness, St Helena is known all over the world for its most famous visitor, who died there 200 years ago. Julia Buckley, CNN, "The man on a remote island keeping Napoleon's flame alive," 5 May 2021 Clos des Mouches was one of the original vineyards Maurice Drouhin bought in the 1920s and is one of the most famous Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Robb Report’s New Rare & Fine Offering Lets You Explore Two of the Wine World’s Top Trends," 3 May 2021 And, as the leader of East’s 17-0 team this season, Herrington achieved something that many of East’s most famous players, including Trajan Langdon and Muff Butler, didn’t. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "By signing East Anchorage guard Hasaan Herrington, a former T-bird-turned-college-coach goes full circle," 2 May 2021 While east Arkansas is widely regarded as barbecue country, the most famous barbecue restaurant in the state is likely McClard's at Hot Springs. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' barbecue trail," 2 May 2021 Baffert became the all-time winningest Kentucky Derby trainer when Medina Spirit gave him his seventh victory in the most famous of all horse races. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Medina Spirit gives Bob Baffert a record seventh win in Kentucky Derby," 1 May 2021 All these decades later, fans still put her photos up on their Día De Muertos ofrendas and dress up in her most famous outfits on the anniversary of her death. Rosa Sanchez, Rolling Stone, "Who Owns Selena’s Legacy?," 30 Apr. 2021 So far this year, the most famous internet dog is Sisu, the stray Lab mix that kept stealing a purple unicorn from a North Carolina Dollar General. James Lileks, Star Tribune, "Your dog might become internet-famous, with a bit of luck and crooked ears," 30 Apr. 2021 Amazon had success bringing Clancy’s most famous hero, Jack Ryan, into the 21st century in its series starring John Krasinski, so why not try the same with the author’s other most notable character? Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Tom Clancy Movies, Ranked," 30 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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8 May 2021

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“Famous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famous. Accessed 8 May. 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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