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Webster 1913 Edition


Famous

Fa′mous

,
Adj.
[L.
famosus
, fr.
fama
fame: cf. F.
fameux
. See
Fame
.]
Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; mach talked of; distinguished in story; – used in either a good or a bad sense, chiefly the former; often followed by for;
as,
famous
for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill; a
famous
pirate.
Syn. – Noted; remarkable; signal; conspicuous; celebrated; renowned; illustrious; eminent; transcendent; excellent.
Famous
,
Renowned
,
Illustrious
. Famous is applied to a person or thing widely spoken of as extraordinary; renowned is applied to those who are named again and again with honor; illustrious, to those who have dazzled the world by the splendor of their deeds or their virtues. See
Distinguished
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Famous

FA'MOUS

,
Adj.
[L. famosus. See Fame.]
1.
Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; much talked of and praised; distinguished in story.
Two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation. Num. 16.
It is followed by for. One man is famous for erudition; another, for eloquence; and another, for military skill.
2.
sometimes in a bad sense; as a famous counterfeiter; a famous pirate.

Definition 2022


famous

famous

English

Adjective

famous (comparative more famous, superlative most famous)

  1. Well known.
  2. In the public eye.
    Some people are only famous within their city.

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