Definition of notorious in English:


Line breaks: no¦tori|ous
Pronunciation: /nə(ʊ)ˈtɔːrɪəs


Famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed: Los Angeles is notorious for its smog he was a notorious drinker and womanizer
More example sentences
  • The list is endless, but here are a few of the more notorious celebrations of recent times.
  • In the process he became the most celebrated, or at least most notorious, journalist of his era.
  • For Dylan is not only the most renowned protest singer of his era but also its most notorious renegade.
infamous, of ill repute, with a bad reputation/name, ill-famed, scandalous;


late 15th century (in the sense 'generally known'): from medieval Latin notorius (from Latin notus 'known') + -ous.



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  • It is derived from property valuations which are notoriously inaccurate.
  • They came away with a committed performance against a club who are notoriously difficult to beat on their own pitch.
  • The key is interpreting rules which, in this sport, are notoriously vague.

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