illustrious

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From Latin illūstris (bright, shining; distinguished, prominent, illustrious) +‎ -ous (suffix forming adjectives from nouns, to denote possession or presence of a quality in any degree). Illūstris is derived from illūstrō (to brighten, illuminate; to make famous or illustrious), from in- (prefix meaning ‘in, inside’) + lustrō (to purify by making a sacrifice; to brighten, illuminate) (from lustrō (purificatory sacrifice), possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (bright; to shine) or *lewh₃- (to wash)).

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illustrious (comparative more illustrious, superlative most illustrious)

  1. Admired, distinguished, respected, or well-known, especially due to past achievements or noble qualities. [from mid 16th c.]

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