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From Latin illustris (prominent)


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlʌs.tɹɪ.əs/


illustrious (comparative more illustrious, superlative most illustrious)

  1. dignified, well-known, respected, admired; especially for past achievements or noble qualities.
    • 2018 November 14, Phil McNulty, “England 0-0 Brazil”, in BBC News[1]:
      Rashford showed the fearless streak Southgate so admires with his constant willingness to run at Brazil's defence with pace, even demonstrating on occasion footwork that would not have been out of place from members of England's illustrious opposition.
    • 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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