illustrious

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin illustris (prominent)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlʌs.tɹɪ.əs/

Adjective[edit]

illustrious (comparative more illustrious, superlative most illustrious)

  1. dignified, well-known, respected, admired; especially for past achievements or athel qualities.
    • 1941, Ogden Nash, "The Ant", in The Face is Familiar, Garden City Publishing Company, page 224.
      The ant has made himself illustrious / Through constant industry industrious. / So what? / Would you be calm and placid / If you were full of formic acid?

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