from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Well known and very distinguished; eminent. See Synonyms at noted.
- adj. Obsolete Shining brightly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dignified
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid.
- adj. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished.
- adj. Conferring luster or honor; renowned.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. widely known and esteemed
- adj. having or conferring glory
From Latin illūstris, from illūstrāre, to give glory to, shine upon; see illustrate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin illustris (prominent) (Wiktionary)