illustrious

  • 1 Illustrious — Il*lus tri*ous, a. [L. illustris, prob. for illuxtris; fr. il in + the root of lucidus bright: cf. F. illustre. See {Lucid}.] 1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid. [1913 Webster] Quench the light; thine eyes are… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 illustrious — I adjective acclaimed, amplus, applauded, bright, brilliant, celebrated, conspicuous, distinguished, eminent, excellent, eximious, famed, famous, glorious, grand, great, heroic, honored, important, inlustris, known, memorable, noble, notable,… …

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  • 3 illustrious — (adj.) 1560s, from L. illustris lighted, bright, brilliant; figuratively distinguished, famous, probably a back formation from illustrare embellish, distinguish, make famous (see ILLUSTRATION (Cf. illustration)). Sometimes also illustrous.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 illustrious — eminent, renowned, celebrated, *famous, famed Analogous words: glorious, *splendid, resplendent, sublime: outstanding, signal, striking, conspicuous (see NOTICEABLE) Antonyms: infamous Contrasted words: ignoble, *mean, abject: ignominious,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 illustrious — [adj] famous, prominent big league*, brilliant, celeb*, celebrated, distinguished, eminent, esteemed, exalted, famed, glorious, great, heavy, lofty, monster*, name*, noble, notable, noted, outstanding, remarkable, renowned, resplendent, signal,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 illustrious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ famous and admired for past achievements. DERIVATIVES illustriousness noun. ORIGIN Latin illustris clear, bright …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 illustrious — [i lus′trē əs] adj. [< L illustris, clear, conspicuous, distinguished (back form. < illustrare: see ILLUSTRATE) + OUS] 1. Obs. a) lustrous; shining; bright b) very clear; evident 2. very distinguished; famous; eminent; outstanding SYN …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 illustrious — il|lus|tri|ous [ ı lʌstriəs ] adjective FORMAL an illustrious person is famous and respected because of what they have achieved: DISTINGUISHED: Wagner was just one of many illustrious visitors to the town. an illustrious career/history/past …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 illustrious — [[t]ɪlʌ̱striəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as an illustrious person, you mean that they are extremely well known because they have a high position in society or they have done something impressive. ...the most illustrious… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 illustrious — UK [ɪˈlʌstrɪəs] / US adjective formal an illustrious person is famous and respected because of what they have achieved Wagner was just one of many illustrious visitors to the town. an illustrious career/history/past …

    English dictionary

  • 11 illustrious — illustriously, adv. illustriousness, n. /i lus tree euhs/, adj. 1. highly distinguished; renowned; famous: an illustrious leader. 2. glorious, as deeds or works: many illustrious achievements. 3. Obs. luminous; bright. [1560 70; < L illustri(s)… …

    Universalium

  • 12 illustrious — il|lus|tri|ous [ıˈlʌstriəs] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: illustris bright, famous , from illustrare; ILLUSTRATE] famous and admired because of what you have achieved ▪ She has had an illustrious career. ▪ Wagner was just one of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 illustrious — adj. Illustrious is used with these nouns: ↑ancestor, ↑career, ↑past, ↑pedigree …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 illustrious — adjective formal famous and admired because of what you have achieved in the past: I would like to introduce our illustrious guest, Professor Brookes …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 illustrious — adjective the book falls short of its illustrious cinematic predecessor Syn: eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, notable, noteworthy, prominent, preeminent, foremost, leading, important, influential; renowned, famous, famed, well known, celebrated …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 illustrious — adjective Etymology: Latin illustris, probably from illustrare Date: 1588 1. notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions ; eminent 2. archaic a. shining brightly with light b. clearly evident Synonyms: see… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 illustrious — adjective /ɪˈlʌs.trɪ.əs/ dignified …

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  • 18 illustrious — Synonyms and related words: acclaimed, bright, brilliant, celebrated, charismatic, conspicuous, distinguished, eminent, esteemed, famed, famous, glamorous, glorious, great, honored, important, lofty, lustrous, magic, notable, noted, numinous,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 illustrious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. renowned, eminent, distinguished, famous, celebrated. See repute. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. distinguished, celebrated, renowned, eminent; see distinguished 2 , famous , glorious 1 , important 2 .… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 illustrious — il·lus·tri·ous || ɪ lÊŒstrɪəs adj. outstanding; distinguished, famous, renowned; luminous …

    English contemporary dictionary


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