Definition of illustrious in English:
Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements: his illustrious predecessor an illustrious career
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- But it is not just his family's illustrious past which concerns the present Lord Lansdowne.
- The hotel with the illustrious past and the four-star deluxe rating must wait a little longer for a fifth star.
- He also expressed pleasure to be following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin.
eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, notable, noteworthy, prominent, preeminent, foremost, leading, important, influential;
brilliant, glorious, stellar
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- Few of us grew up in Hampstead, had illustriously interesting parents, or studied at Cambridge University like she did.
- Francis Amasa Walker, the son of a noted political economist, followed illustriously in his father's footsteps, also achieving eminence as a leading statistician and educator of his time.
- Nonetheless, Nazon - who won in Wasquehal last year and, illustriously, on the Champs Elysees in 2003-always seems to bring his top game to the top event in the world.
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- I don't know how many of the 3,000 or so prospective students are from rural roots, but I know many of those who were from small towns would have left in awe at the illustriousness and size of the university.
- But their impact on the area, and the illustriousness of their architect surely justify salvation.
- Nobility is the ‘antiquity, splendour, and illustriousness of families, coats of arms, titles, dignities,’ Scipione Ammirato wrote in defence of the autonomies of Neapolitan feudal barons in 1580.
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