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Definition of famous

1a : widely known a restaurant famous for its French cuisine
b : honored for achievement a famous explorer
2 : excellent, first-rate famous weather for a walk

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famousness noun

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famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known. a famous actress renowned implies more glory and acclamation. one of the most renowned figures in sports history celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print. the most celebrated beauty of her day noted suggests well-deserved public attention. the noted mystery writer notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil. a notorious gangster distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority. a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character. the country's most eminent writers illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person. illustrious war heroes

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a book about some of the most famous people of the last century some truly famous Southern-style cooking
Recent Examples on the Web They were hand-painted by an artist using two of Bryant's most famous photos for inspiration. Allen Kim, CNN, "Kobe Bryant will be memorialized on the cover of NBA 2K21," 3 July 2020 The North Beach Restaurant, famous for being open every day of the year, was not only closed but boarded up. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Without a tourist in sight, San Francisco is less lively," 27 June 2020 As nationwide protests against police violence and racial inequality continue in the U.S., K-pop fans, famous for their social media savvy, are using their collective power to rally around the Black Lives Matter movement. Hye Jin Lee, The Conversation, "Rethinking the K-pop industry’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement," 26 June 2020 Much of his focus has been on the 1836 events that have made the Alamo famous as a Texas shrine. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo launches search for new leader as CEO decides not to renew contract," 23 June 2020 Much like when Bull Connor made 'Civil Rights' famous. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Usher, Lupita Nyong'o, Taylor Swift and more celebrities honor Juneteenth, call for action," 19 June 2020 No lines for Dollywood’s iconic cinnamon bread, the most beloved snack at a park famous for its excellent food, which is worth the wait even on a busy day. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020 Two executives at a famous seafood restaurant in Thailand were sentenced Wednesday to nearly 1,500 years in prison after being convicted of cheating the public. Fox News, "Thai seafood restaurateurs sentenced to nearly 1,500 years in prison for cheating public," 12 June 2020 Take No Man’s Sky, for example, a game famous for under-delivering at launch. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Why I usually don't buy brand new video games — and the ones I did," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of famous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for famous

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin famosus, from fama fame

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The first known use of famous was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Famous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famous. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of famous

: known or recognized by very many people : having fame


fa·​mous | \ ˈfā-məs How to pronounce famous (audio) \

Kids Definition of famous

: very well-known

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