from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Well or widely known. See Synonyms at noted.
- adj. First-rate; excellent: had a famous time at the party.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Well known.
- adj. In the public eye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; distinguished in story or common talk: generally followed by for before the thing for which the person or thing is famed: as, a man famous for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill, etc.; a spring famous for its cures.
- Deserving of fame; praiseworthy; uncommonly good; admirable: as, he is a famous hand at such work.
- . Of good character: opposed to infamous.
- . Injurious; defamatory; slanderous.
- Synonyms Noted, Celebrated, Famous, Renowned, Illustrious, Distinguished, Eminent, Notable, Notorious, famed, far-famed, conspicuous, remarkable, signal. The first nine words express degrees and kinds of the presence or prominence of a person or thing in public knowledge or attention. Noted, celebrated, famous, are of an ascending scale of strength, and may be used in a good or a bad sense: as, a celebrated thief; a famous forger. The use of celebrated in a bad sense is rather new and less common. Noted is not much used by fastidious writers. Celebrated, renowned, illustrious, are also on an ascending scale of strength. Celebrated is, by derivation, commemorated in a solemn way, and occasionally shows somewhat of this meaning still. Renowned is, literally, named again and again. Illustrious suggests luster, splendor, in character or conduct: as, illustrious deeds; making one's country illustrious. Distinguished means marked by something that makes one stand apart from or above others in the public view. Eminent means standing high above the crowd. Notable is worthy of note, and so memorable, conspicuous, or notorious: as, a notable liar. Notorious is now used only in a bad sense, having a large and evil fame. A man may be notable, noted, or famous for his eccentricities or his industry, celebrated for his wit, renowned for his achievements, illustrious for his virtues, distinguished for his talents, eminent for his professional skill or success, notorious for his want of principle. See fame.
- To render famous or renowned.
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- adj. widely known and esteemed
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin fāmōsus, from fāma, fame.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman famous, from Old French fameus (modern French fameux). (Wiktionary)