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 The breadth of flaws and bugs here has not been seen since iOS 13’s famously rocky launch and is surprising given initial reports were of a relatively stable release. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 When Jerry Sanders was mayor of San Diego, Hughes famously offered his consulting services to the city free of charge. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 Teich has transformed the space, which perhaps most famously housed Stephanie Izard’s Scylla. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Hydrogen has a worse track record for safety -- famously, the Hindenburg airship was powered by it -- but helium is also a non-renewable resource that is needed for critical medical applications. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 Older generations of players would likely cringe at that — the Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson famously hated fraternizing with rivals. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The park, which has seen more than 4 million visitors in most recent years, urged people to keep control of their pets and to exercise caution around Yellowstone's famously hot features. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 The two arch-foes have twice faced each other in a tiebreaker series, most famously in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard Round the World to send the Giants to the World Series. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 But, the desert also offers clues to survival, pointing to hidden water with the appearance of silvery green cottonwoods reflecting that famously relentless Sonoran sun. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of famously

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Oct 2021

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“Famously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famously. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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