[ fey-muh s ]
/ ˈfeɪ məs /
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).
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synonym study for famous
1. Famous, celebrated, eminent, distinguished refer to someone or something widely and favorably known. Famous is the general word: a famous lighthouse. Celebrated originally referred to something commemorated, but now usually refers to someone or something widely known for conspicuous merit, services, etc.: a celebrated writer. Eminent implies high standing among one's contemporaries, especially in one's own profession or craft: an eminent physician. Distinguished adds to eminent the idea of honors conferred more or less publicly: a distinguished scientist.
OTHER WORDS FROM famous
fa·mous·ly, adverbfa·mous·ness, nouno·ver·fa·mous, adjectivepre·fa·mous, adjective
pre·fa·mous·ly, adverbpseu·do·fa·mous, adjectivepseu·do·fa·mous·ly, adverbqua·si-fa·mous, adjectivequa·si-fa·mous·ly, adverbun·fa·mous, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for famousness
She had taken in the housemaid and small-boy view of famousness, and she was having her shallow little day of living it.The Other Girls|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for famousness
/ (ˈfeɪməs) /
known to or recognized by many people; renowned
informal excellent; splendid
archaic of ill repute
Derived forms of famousfamousness, noun
Word Origin for famous
C14: from Latin fāmōsus; see fame
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