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

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
Recent Examples on the Web And that slogan, made famous by AT&T commercials in the 1980s, was the first nod to digital intimacy ever shared with the masses. Kj Dhaliwal, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The 12-year-old actress takes over the iconic role of Charlie McGee in a new adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter, a character made famous by a young Drew Barrymore in the 1984 film version. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 Made famous by truck and tractor maker International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s, the Scout moniker will return on an electric SUV and pickup truck designed for the American market, with production planned for 2026. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 And around the same time, Italian director Roberto Andò was in Palermo shooting a miniseries for Italian pubcaster RAI on Letizia Battaglia, the late, world-famous photographer who boldly documented the brutal Mafia wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 11 May 2022 Vacation - Vacation Look no further than Vacation by world-famous sunscreen brand Vacation for your quintessential summer scent. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Acoli's more-famous co-defendant, Joanne Chesimard, also was convicted and sentenced to a life term but escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1979. David Porter, ajc, 10 May 2022 This is Daniela Galarza’s take on the sandwich made famous by Nashville’s Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Can’t Jump, taking on a role made famous by Woody Harrelson in the 1992 original. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famous. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs How to pronounce famous (audio) \

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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