fa·​mous·​ly | \ ˈfā-məs-lē How to pronounce famously (audio) \

Definition of famously

1 : in a celebrated manner
2 : in a superlative fashion
3 : to an unusual degree : very

Examples of famously in a Sentence

The executive famously insisted on riding the bus to work every day.

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Her parents, Michelle and John Phillips, famously belonged to '60s folk group The Mamas & the Papas. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Billy Baldwin's Wife and Kids, Who Inspired His New Netflix Show 'Northern Rescue'," 1 Mar. 2019 The hit reality singing competition returns in March, after famously getting rebooted by ABC last year. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'American Idol' Season 17," 24 Feb. 2019 Besides, stock markets will fluctuate, like it or not, as J.P. Morgan famously said. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Can Be Good for the Economy," 24 Dec. 2018 He was eulogized there by his daughter Meghan and former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, one of the architect's of the Vietnam War, in which McCain so famously served as a naval officer. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe famously served Trump hamburgers on a visit to Japan last year. Eli Meixler, Time, "Octopus and Ice Cream: What President Trump and Kim Jong Un Ate at Their First Lunch," 12 June 2018 Boston Unlike Gustav Mahler, who famously predicted that his time would come, but didn’t live to see it, John Corigliano has seen critical reactions to his music shift from scorn to embrace and acknowledgment of his influence. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "John Corigliano-Boston Modern Orchestra Project Review: Feting an Elder Statesman," 26 Feb. 2019 Most famously, Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied in 1969 for Best Actress. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Can There Be a Tie at the Oscars? Here's How It Would Go Down," 23 Feb. 2019 Castor oil — the age-old folk remedy with a famously unpleasant taste — has undergone a recent makeover. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of famously

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of famously

: in a way that is known by many people : in a famous manner


fa·​mous·​ly | \ ˈfā-məs-lē\

Kids Definition of famously

: very well We got along famously.

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