Definition of famous in English:


Line breaks: fam¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪməs


  • 2 informal Excellent: Galway stormed to a famous victory
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    • As he was to do three years later, White tackled England to a standstill to gain a famous victory.
    • In the end the Bay just didn't have enough juice in the tank to claim a famous victory.
    • Kuerten reaches match point and records a famous victory in just over two hours.


famous for being famous

Having no recognizable reason for one’s fame other than high media exposure: television reporters are now often more famous for being famous than for their work
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  • 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.

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famous last words

Said as an ironic comment on an overconfident assertion that may later be proved wrong: ‘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.



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  • 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.


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

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