What does illustrious mean?

Definitions for illustrious
ɪˈlʌs tri əsil·lus·tri·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. celebrated, famed, far-famed, famous, illustrious, notable, noted, renownedadjective

    widely known and esteemed

    "a famous actor"; "a celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"

  2. illustriousadjective

    having or conferring glory

    "an illustrious achievement"


  1. illustriousadjective


  2. Etymology: From illustris

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ILLUSTRIOUSadjective

    Conspicuous; noble; eminent for excellence.

    Etymology: illustris, Latin; illustre, Fr.

    In other languages the most illustrious titles are derived from things sacred. Robert South, Sermons.

    Of ev'ry nation, each illustrious name,
    Such toys as those have cheated into fame. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. illustrious

    Illustrious is an adjective that describes someone or something that is well-known, respected and distinguished for past achievements. It typically refers to someone who stands out due to their brilliance, talent, or noble qualities, earning high acclaim or admiration from others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illustriousadjective

    possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid

  2. Illustriousadjective

    characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished

  3. Illustriousadjective

    conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious deeds or titles

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. illustrious

    Conferring lustre or honor; brilliant; renowned; as, illustrious deeds or titles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illustrious in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illustrious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of illustrious in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Addison:

    It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.

  2. Indira Gandhi:

    You have to understand my relationship with my sister – we have been through a hell of a lot together, everybody is like 'look, you come from this illustrious family, and everything is easy'. Actually it's not so easy. My father was assassinated, my grandmother was assassinated, huge political battles, wins in political battles, losses in political battles.

  3. Thomas Overbury:

    The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato - the best part under ground.

  4. Sir Thos Overbury:

    The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato?the only good belonging to him is underground.

  5. Edward Young:

    Illustrious examples engross, prejudice, and intimidate. They engross our attention, and so prevent a due inspection of ourselves; they prejudice our judgment in favor of their abilities, and so lessen the sense of our own; and they intimidate us with the

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