illustrious

[ih-luhs-tree-uhs]
adjective
1.
highly distinguished; renowned; famous: an illustrious leader.
2.
glorious, as deeds or works: many illustrious achievements.
3.
Obsolete. luminous; bright.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin illustri(s) bright, clear, famous (equivalent to illustr(āre) to brighten (see il-1, luster1) + -is adj. suffix) + -ous

illustriously, adverb
illustriousness, noun
unillustrious, adjective
unillustriously, adverb
unillustriousness, noun


1. celebrated, eminent, famed.
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illustrious (ɪˈlʌstrɪəs)
 
adj
1.  of great renown; famous and distinguished
2.  glorious or great: illustrious deeds
3.  obsolete shining
 
[C16: from Latin illustris bright, distinguished, famous, from illustrāre to make light; see illustrate]
 
il'lustriously
 
adv
 
il'lustriousness
 
n

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illustrious
c.1566, from L. illustris "bright, distinguished, famous," back-formation from illustrare "embellish, distinguish, make famous" (see illustration).
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Example sentences
He is one who raises himself from private consideration and breathes and lives on public and illustrious thoughts.
He is one who raises himself from private considerations, and breathes and lives on public and illustrious thoughts.
She married into an illustrious family in the beauty business.
Illustrious dead, living beauty lure visitors to rural cemeteries.
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