follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

famous

[fey-muh s] /ˈfeɪ məs/
adjective
1.
having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated:
a famous writer.
Antonyms: unknown, obscure.
2.
Informal. first-rate; excellent:
The singer gave a famous performance.
3.
notorious (used pejoratively).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin fāmōsus. See fame, -ous
Related forms
famously, adverb
famousness, noun
overfamous, adjective
prefamous, adjective
prefamously, adverb
pseudofamous, adjective
pseudofamously, adverb
quasi-famous, adjective
quasi-famously, adverb
unfamous, adjective
Can be confused
famous, infamous, notorious.
Synonym Study
1. Famous, celebrated, eminent, distinguished refer to someone or something widely and favorably known. Famous is the general word: a famous lighthouse. Celebrated originally referred to something commemorated, but now usually refers to someone or something widely known for conspicuous merit, services, etc.: a celebrated writer. Eminent implies high standing among one's contemporaries, especially in one's own profession or craft: an eminent physician. Distinguished adds to eminent the idea of honors conferred more or less publicly: a distinguished scientist.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for famousness

famous

/ˈfeɪməs/
adjective
1.
known to or recognized by many people; renowned
2.
(informal) excellent; splendid
3.
(archaic) of ill repute
Derived Forms
famousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fāmōsus; see fame
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for famousness

famous

adj.

late 14c., from Anglo-French famous, Old French fameus (Modern French fameux), from Latin famosus "much talked of, renowned," often "infamous, notorious, of ill repute," from fama (see fame (n.)). A native word for this was Old English namcuð, literally "name-known." Catch phrase famous last words "remark likely to be proved wrong" is first attested 1948.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for famousness

FAMOUS

French-American Mid-Ocean Undersea Study
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for famous

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for famousness

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends