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

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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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Many of the scenes feature cameos from such famous faces as Kris Jenner, Troye Sivan, and Jennifer Coolidge, among others. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Grande has a burn book and masters the bend and snap in her “thank u,next” music video.," 30 Nov. 2018 Sadly, there are two very famous faces who won't be making the journey to Jodhpur to watch the couple tie the knot in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Weekend," 29 Nov. 2018 Here’s how visual-effects companies like Digital Domain — which created the Tupac hologram at Coachella — capture famous faces from every conceivable angle for digital recreation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 Campbell was one of a number of famous faces at the royal nuptials. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Naomi Campbell Just Posted a Selfie from Inside Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 The second royal wedding of 2018 is in full swing this morning, and a whole host of famous faces have arrived in Windsor for Princess Eugenie's wedding. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Blew a Kiss to Her Royal Fans as She Arrived at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Just in time for Halloween, Smith reimagined the famous waterfront home of the Owens sisters. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Girl Recreated The 'Practical Magic' House On The Sims And It's Insane," 11 Oct. 2018 The former Hallmark actress, who starred in At Home in Mitford and Cedar Cove, was joined by other fellow famous faces at the event. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Andie MacDowell Hasn't Aged in Decades and We Have the Proof," 2 Oct. 2018 Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s Spring/Summer 2019 show at New York Fashion Week on Saturday included a slew of famous faces -- among them an expecting Lily Aldridge. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "NYFW Brandon Maxwell show features pregnant Lily Aldridge," 9 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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