Pre famously

famous

[fey-muhs]
adjective
1.
having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer. famed, notable, illustrious. unknown, obscure.
2.
Informal. first-rate; excellent: The singer gave a famous performance.
3.
notorious (used pejoratively).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin fāmōsus. See fame, -ous

famously, adverb
famousness, noun
overfamous, adjective
prefamous, adjective
prefamously, adverb
pseudofamous, adjective
pseudofamously, adverb
quasi-famous, adjective
quasi-famously, adverb
unfamous, adjective

famous, infamous, notorious.


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.
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famous (ˈfeɪməs)
 
adj
1.  known to or recognized by many people; renowned
2.  informal excellent; splendid
3.  archaic of ill repute
 
[C14: from Latin fāmōsus; see fame]
 
'famousness
 
n

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famous
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. famous, from O.Fr. fameus, from L. famosus, from fama (see fame). A native word for this was O.E. namcuð, lit. "name-known." Catch phrase famous last words "remark likely to be proved wrong" is first attested 1948.
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