American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Well known and very distinguished; eminent. See Synonyms at noted.
- adj. Obsolete Shining brightly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing luster or brilliancy; luminous; bright; shining.
- Distinguished by greatness, genius, etc.; conspicuous; renowned; eminent: as, an illustrious general or magistrate; an illustrious prince or author.
- Conferring luster or honor; brilliant; transcendent; glorious.
- Synonyms and Distinguished, Eminent, etc. (see famous); remarkable, signal, exalted, noble, glorious.
- adj. dignified
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid.
- adj. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished.
- adj. Conferring luster or honor; renowned.
- adj. widely known and esteemed
- adj. having or conferring glory
- From Latin illustris (prominent) (Wiktionary)
- From Latin illūstris, from illūstrāre, to give glory to, shine upon; see illustrate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One of our most distinguished sculptors was summoned, a short time since, to the house of a young lady, connected by birth with a family of the highest grade in the aristocracy of wealth, and united in marriage to the heir of a title illustrious in the military annals of the empire.”
“I called the illustrious professor Tonal Kedem, Tonal Calamari, and any other number of off-the-cuff last names for 4 years.”
“She is, indeed, in illustrious company and in the great tradition.”
“Wolmar, reading in the young law student the brilliant abilities that were one day to make his name illustrious, prevailed upon him to devote himself to the study of the New Testament in the original.”
“Charles de Sombreuil, whose sister had rendered the name illustrious by her heroism in the Reign of Terror.”
“Shortly after their erection, in 1829, the well known Sam Patch, whose diving propensities made his name illustrious, performed his noted, bold feat in 1830.”
“But several have rendered the name illustrious by their contributions to literature, science, and the fine arts.”
“In what, then, consists that wonderful excellence, that master-power which has made his name illustrious?”
“After being well educated he commenced that course of patient and observant travel which was to render his name illustrious as a philosophic tourist and historian.”
“Marlborough, whose fame now flies through the world, and whose glorious actions will render his name illustrious, and rank him among the renowned worthies of all ages.”
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