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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Other names: Orange POTUS, Cheesecake, and Anslinger (after the famously anti-cannabis politician Harry Anslinger). Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 Lee also publicly advocated for the storytelling potential in video games, famously saying the medium had surpassed film itself in the late aughts. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died," 12 Nov. 2018 Almost nine years ago, Nancy Pelosi famously said that Democrats had to pass the Affordable Care Act so people could see what was in it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 The references to green in the caption and photo (her green lips look fire btw) are about her character Elphaba, who is famously green. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Breaks Her Silence After Pete Davidson Engagement Split," 17 Oct. 2018 With a quick shake-out of her famously high-volume curls, Khan is ready for the final percussive finishes of perfume (bam!), fan (bam!), megawatt smile (bam!). Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Chaka Khan Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Diva Makeup Ritual," 22 July 2018 More famously, his father, Damon, and uncle, Brock, were UW’s quarterbacks in the 1990s. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW Huskies make scholarship offer to Kennedy Catholic’s Sam Huard, top QB recruit in 2021 class," 12 Nov. 2018 The president’s relationship with Sessions and Rosenstein has famously been largely one of animosity and disdain. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton," 9 Nov. 2018 Her now famously powerful pipes soared through the somber melody. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's 'American Idol' Audition Is Even Better Than We Remembered," 28 Oct. 2018

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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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