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Examples of illustrious in a Sentence
He has had an illustrious military career.
an illustrious physicist who is a sure bet for a Nobel Prize
Recent Examples of illustrious from the Web
He was born in 1891 in Wichita, Kan., which is also the home of the Kochs, those illustrious capitalists.
This time, New Orleans allowed 555 yards, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had one of the best games of his illustrious career, throwing three first-quarter touchdowns and finishing with a 139.6 passer rating.
Barbara Walters has paved the way for women in television, beginning her illustrious career in 1961 as a reporter, writer and panel member on NBC's Today show.
That's just how good Brady has been over his illustrious career, and especially how good he's been in Super Bowls.
In his illustrious career, the 57-year-old has enjoyed a plethora of high-profile managerial careers.
What ensued was, of course, widespread backlash and removal from YouTube’s illustrious preferred programming.
After a few words from America's most illustrious founding father, all heads turn (some more smoothly than others) to our current commander-in-chief as the spotlight shines on his familiar visage.
Fabio Capello has had the pleasure of coaching some of the world’s best players in an illustrious managerial career which has seen him manage teams such as AC Milan, Juventus and, of course, the England national team.
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Did You Know?
Illustrious people seem to light up everything around them. The etymology of illustrious makes it clear that a shining glow (both literal and figurative) has long been associated with the word. "Illustrious" ultimately derives from the Latin verb lustrare, which means "to purify" or "to make bright," and which is related to the noun that gave us "luster." At one time, "illustrious" was used in the literal sense of "shining brightly with light," but that meaning is now considered archaic. The word is now almost exclusively used in its figurative application to describe something that stands out brilliantly, much like a bright star stands out in the sky.
Origin and Etymology of illustrious
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of illustrious
- a famous actress
- one of the most renowned figures in sports history
- the most celebrated beauty of her day
- the noted mystery writer
- a notorious gangster
- a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize
- the country's most eminent writers
- illustrious war heroes
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