famous

adjective
fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs \

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

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

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Young's character in the film is most famous for her exquisite taste–and her distaste for her son Nick's new Chinese-American girlfriend, Rachel Chu, played by Globes Best Actress nominee, Constance Wu. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Wore the Crazy Rich Asians Engagement Ring to the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 One of the students took off his shirt and the teens started to do a haka — a war dance of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, made famous by the country’s national rugby team. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 Roswell, New Mexico, on the CW, takes place in the desert community made famous by an alleged UFO crash. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Roswell, New Mexico Actress Lily Cowles Reveals Whether or Not She Believes in Aliens," 16 Jan. 2019 Gangnam Style’ dance made famous by the Korean entertainer, Psy. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 The look was worn by Amber Valetta, who also modeled the original design on the runway back in 1999 before it was made famous by JLo. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Versace Recreated Two of Its Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses on the Runway," 3 Dec. 2018 Tune in to the 2018 VMAs on Monday, August 20, at 8 P.M. ET to see what, exactly, this alleged announcement will entail—and whether Speidi will ever be made famous again. Andrea Park, Glamour, "The Hills Cast Will Reportedly Reunite at the MTV VMAs," 17 Aug. 2018 Here, the couple has already hosted many famous friends—including George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and, of course, Meghan's mom, Doria. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Prefer Cotswolds Farmhouse To Nottingham Cottage," 10 Jan. 2019 In the spring of the following year, Volvo rolled out its V90, a slick descendant of the boxy, yuppie tanks that made the brand famous in the 1980s. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of famous

: known or recognized by very many people : having fame

famous

adjective
fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs \

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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