Origin of illustrious
Examples from the Web for illustrious
And I realized that a man had to be pretty sure of himself, because she was quite an illustrious person.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Terman and his assistant relied on biographical accounts of illustrious individuals to compute the scores.
Sunday's event would have been much better served had its illustrious panel reckoned honestly with this question.
Downton Abbey, she said, stands out in her long and illustrious career because of “its universal appeal.”‘A Certain Age’—Shirley MacLaine Rattles Downton Abbey|Sandra McElwaine|December 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In March Sinclair released a deeply researched book years in the making documenting her illustrious family history.Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair Separation Rumors Swirl|Tracy McNicoll|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Most illustrious caballero, Don Alcala de Aguilera, we have met before," said the man.The Spanish Cavalier|Charlotte Maria Tucker
The illustrious guide—the King of the Law—has left us; the whole world is empty and afflicted.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
Blessed be thou, thou art a prince and born in the illustrious line of Matsyas.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4|Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Nor was the liberality of that illustrious citizen confined to the walls of Athens.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
The illustrious old constable was a man of great intelligence.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Word Origin for illustrious
1560s, from Latin illustris "lighted, bright, brilliant;" figuratively "distinguished, famous," probably a back-formation from illustrare "embellish, distinguish, make famous" (see illustration). Sometimes also illustrous. Replaced illustre in same sense (mid-15c.), from Middle French illustre.