fa·mous·ly | \ˈfā-məs-lē \

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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Fun fact: the German label gained popularity in the ‘90s at raves and was famously worn by the Spice Girls, as well. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Steps Out In a Surprising New Sneaker," 26 June 2018 The best big who may be available is the man (child) who famously told the Mavs yes. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Even with Doncic, Mavs' reality is another lottery pick," 25 June 2018 The human rights lawyer famously wore a Giambattista Valli Couture cocktail dress during her weekend-long Italian wedding to George Clooney. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Amal Clooney models the perfect summer jumpsuit," 15 June 2018 The question of what wetlands and small waterways should be covered by the Clean Water Act has a famously muddled history. Ariel Wittenberg, Science | AAAS, "Obama’s wetlands protection rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials argue," 5 July 2018 Courses in the mountains are famously cooler, which leads to a much more pleasant golfing experience. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 In Amsterdam, architect Aldo van Eyck famously designed a series of affordable, postwar modernist playgrounds that serve as a model for what a park system could look like. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why do young parents move away? Our cities aren’t designed for kids," 19 June 2018 One of the top executives at Allen & Company, a boutique investment firm founded in 1922 that is famously publicity averse, didn’t return an e-mail asking about Rose, and a call to the company’s Fifth Avenue offices was likewise unfruitful. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "“Um, Charlie Rose?”: One of the #MeToo-Disappeared Surfaces on the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Guest List," 8 June 2018 But in a congressional district that has famously been thorny to outsiders, trotting out the support of a mayor who doesn’t represent the voters you’re wooing can be a delicate balance. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "If you see Marty Walsh in the Merrimack Valley anytime soon, here’s why," 2 July 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of famously

: very well We got along famously.

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