fa·​mous·​ly ˈfā-məs-lē How to pronounce famously (audio)
: in a celebrated manner
: in a superlative fashion
: to an unusual degree : very

Example Sentences

The executive famously insisted on riding the bus to work every day.
Recent Examples on the Web Los Angeles is famously a Lululemon town, but Russell won’t submit. Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Jan. 2023 Rose, 65, has seen success in the country music world, and most famously was an early collaborator of Taylor Swift. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 Soon after, Karamanlis famously said the nation had rid itself of a cancerous growth. Demetris Nellas, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 Nuance is needed here, for Pelé was famously — some would say infamously — agnostic regarding the great struggles of the day. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2022 Her mom produced the news; her dad, famously, was the news: former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Jordan Crucchiola, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2022 The Grammys have been famously out of touch about recognizing the heavier side of rock music, which is why the two nominations for IDLES seem so significant. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 14 Dec. 2022 Leads in Bengals-Chiefs games famously never were a sure thing, but the quick start Sunday was a promising sign for the Bengals’ offense. Andrew Gillis, cleveland, 4 Dec. 2022 His parents’ divorce is famously the inspiration behind E.T. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of famously was in 1546

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“Famously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famously. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: in a splendid or excellent manner
got along famously together

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