Definition of illustrious in English:

illustrious

Syllabification: il·lus·tri·ous
Pronunciation: /iˈləstrēəs
 
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adjective

Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements: his illustrious predecessor an illustrious career
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, notable, noteworthy, prominent, preeminent, foremost, leading, important, influential; renowned, famous, famed, well known, celebrated, legendary; esteemed, honored, respected, venerable, august, highly regarded, well-thought-of, of distinction; brilliant, glorious, stellar

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin illustris 'clear, bright' + -ous.

Derivatives

illustriously

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

illustriousness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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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