- 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 famously
Wilson famously said “what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.”The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
The Qataris famously play every angle, cutting deals, for instance, with the Israelis as well as the Iranians.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
Given that crucial importance, The Macallan is famously hands-on when it comes to its wooden barrels.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Instead, Washington, who famously proclaimed “What brave men I must this day lose!”The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
Beijing, famously, launched a coordinated and sustained attack against Google a half decade ago to injure its business in China.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
In a little while I had four assistants, and we got on famously.Wilfrid Cumbermede
To my surprise and joy, Martin and she have got on famously.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Formerly they were civil and kind, and we all got on famously together.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
And he told me—not a week back—that we were going on famously!Barrington
Charles James Lever
It will be seen that the two young people were getting on famously.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
- well-knownher famously relaxed manner
- very wellthe two got on famously
- known to or recognized by many people; renowned
- informal excellent; splendid
- archaic of ill repute
Word Origin and History for famously
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.