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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
The hotel’s guiding program—including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking—has its origins in the illustrious Swiss Mountain guides.
Süle should feel encouraged that Heynckes rates him so highly, as the Bayern coach has one of the most illustrious records of any coach in Europe.
So far this year, during his illustrious inaugural collegiate campaign, Strickland has accumulated 44 strikeouts in 40 innings of action and only surrendered a total of six walks.
On April 13, a new store will pop up on Sloane Street's illustrious paving stones in the form of the NSPCC's Fashion Re-told.
The dynamics currently driving campus activism are coming to a head at the illustrious historically black university in the nation’s capital.
Years later Scolletta, who does video work for the City of Somerville filming civic meetings and high school events, suggested making a film about the history of Boston’s illustrious music scene.
Jeering, a bleacher sport with a long and not-so-illustrious history, is apparently the least of it.
In this episode, the illustrious guest geek is Bill Gates, who s partners with Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) pharmaceutical company.
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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
ILLUSTRIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of illustrious for English Language Learners
: admired and respected very much because a lot was achieved
ILLUSTRIOUS Defined for Kids
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