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Syllabification: fa·mous
Pronunciation: /ˈfāməs

Definition of famous in English:


Known about by many people: the country is famous for its natural beauty a famous star
More example sentences
  • Pitcairners are famous for the culture of silence that pervades their small society.
  • The Old Inn at Gairloch is famous for its seafood and game but it is worth holding back to enjoy pudding.
  • The city is a World Heritage Site and is famous for its classical music, beer and marzipan.
renowned, noted, eminent, distinguished, esteemed, celebrated, respected;
of distinction, of repute;
having one's name in lights;
notorious, infamous


late Middle English: from Old French fameus, from Latin famosus 'famed', from fama (see fame).


famous for being famous

Having no recognizable or distinct reason for one’s fame other than high media exposure.
Example sentences
  • These are people who are famous for being famous, ciphers for our fantasies, cartoon characters with extravagant lives.
  • Both women are certainly easy on the eye, but both are merely famous for being famous and that is about the sum of their achievements.
  • In this age of Z-list celebrities who are famous for being famous, it's so refreshing to meet a real star.

famous last words

Said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well be proved wrong by events: “I’ll be perfectly OK on my own.” “Famous last words,” she thought to herself
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  • Perhaps the most famous last words in military history were uttered by an American Civil War officer, John Sedgwick: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.
  • So for now I'm off to make my final preparations in the hope that all runs smoothly… famous last words!
  • This time we have ‘no return to boom and bust’, a mantra which could turn out to be Gordon Brown's famous last words.



Example sentences
  • They may be right to feel hunted by the press, but feeling hunted by the press is an aspect of self-hunting too: their famousness is an occasion for grief, and their grief is a constituent part of their fame.
  • I'm talking former Cabinet ministers or old British television personality level of famousness.
  • But John Safran is funnier and Jewish yet enjoys nowhere near the same hemisphere of famousness.

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