adjective fa·mous \ˈfā-məs\

: known or recognized by very many people : having fame

Full Definition of FAMOUS

a :  widely known
b :  honored for achievement
:  excellent, first-rate <famous weather for a walk>
fa·mous·ness noun

Origin of FAMOUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin famosus, from fama fame
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of FAMOUS

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>. renowned implies more glory and acclamation <one of the most renowned figures in sports history>. celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print <the most celebrated beauty of her day>. noted suggests well-deserved public attention <the noted mystery writer>. notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil <a notorious gangster>. distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority <a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize>. eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character <the country's most eminent writers>. illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person <illustrious war heroes>.

Rhymes with FAMOUS

FAMOUS Defined for Kids


adjective fa·mous \ˈfā-məs\

Definition of FAMOUS for Kids

:  very well-known


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