famous
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin famosus, from fama fame Date: 14th century 1. a. widely known b. honored for achievement 2. excellent, first-rate <
famous weather for a walk
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famousness noun Synonyms: famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known <
a famous actress
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. renowned implies more glory and acclamation <
one of the most renowned figures in sports history
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. celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print <
the most celebrated beauty of her day
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. noted suggests well-deserved public attention <
the noted mystery writer
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. notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil <
a notorious gangster
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. distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority <
a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize
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. eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character <
the country's most eminent writers
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. illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person <
illustrious war heroes
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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