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.
Recent Examples on the Web Following years of fighting, most famously at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Bruce convinced England to recognize Scotland’s independence, bringing the First War of Scottish Independence to a close in 1328. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Not-So-Brief History of Scottish Independence," 30 Jan. 2020 Inflation famously never showed up in either place. Justina Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Bridgewater’s Risk-Parity Shift Jolts a $400 Billion Quant Trade," 1 Sep. 2020 The outlet famously keeps a running tally of all billionaires around the world. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Tyler Perry's Billionaire Status Is Official on Latest Forbes List," 2 Sep. 2020 Chicago is a great pick for a city break, even during its famously frigid winters. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World for a Weekend Escape," 29 Aug. 2020 He was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, an influential White House adviser, who portrayed the famously bombastic Trump as someone who shaken up Washington with little record for norms or niceties. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lashes out at Biden, defies pandemic on White House stage at Republican convention," 28 Aug. 2020 The Beatles loved girl groups with a passion — John Lennon famously spent his first night in New York City in his hotel room, calling up radio stations and asking them to play the Ronettes. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Beatles and the Sexual Revolution," 25 Aug. 2020 On Saturday, residents of New Orleans will observe the 15th anniversary of Katrina—the unforgettable, massive hurricane whose storm surge fed the collapse of the levees but still could not wipe their famously below-sea-level city off the map. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "‘Everything has changed’: How hurricane preparations are adapting to a deadly pandemic," 25 Aug. 2020 In February of last year, LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father, famously said that Lonzo would win championships and change the culture in Phoenix, should the Suns acquire him. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Lonzo Ball trade speculation is back, and it is starting to include the Phoenix Suns," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of famously

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Famously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famously. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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