- having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer.
- Informal. first-rate; excellent: The singer gave a famous performance.
- notorious (used pejoratively).
Origin of famous
Examples from the Web for famous
As anybody who has seen his now famous rant on Parks and Recreation knows, Patton Oswalt can get a little obsessed.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
The film has one of the most famous violent sequences of all time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But the authority of his name far exceeds that of our own, famous or obscure though we be.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
One of the most famous directors of this era was Shin Sang-ok (신상옥).Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
The Horse You Came in On Saloon, Baltimore Horse-themed bars must be bad luck for famous authors.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
It produced no great generals and statesmen and no famous Kings.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
To Cimabue succeeded his pupil, the famous Giotto, who died in 1337.
Some day, when I am rich and famous, I shall look back on all this with regret.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
For a moment he was back in a famous clinic, and this man across from him—it was not believable!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A few years ago the famous geographer, Joanne, was silent on both.The Roof of France
- known to or recognized by many people; renowned
- informal excellent; splendid
- archaic of ill repute
Word Origin and History for famous
late 14c., from Anglo-French famous, Old French fameus (Modern French fameux), from Latin famosus "much talked of, renowned," often "infamous, notorious, of ill repute," from fama (see fame (n.)). A native word for this was Old English namcuð, literally "name-known." Catch phrase famous last words "remark likely to be proved wrong" is first attested 1948.