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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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