1. [syn: celebrated, famed, far-famed, famous, illustrious, notable, noted, renowned]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Famous \Fa"mous\, a. [L. famosus, fr. fama fame: cf. F. fameux.
Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; mach talked
of; distinguished in story; -- used in either a good or a bad
sense, chiefly the former; often followed by for; as, famous
for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill; a famous
Famous for a scolding tongue. --Shak.
Syn: Noted; remarkable; signal; conspicuous; celebrated;
renowned; illustrious; eminent; transcendent; excellent.
Usage: Famous, Renowned, Illustrious. Famous is applied
to a person or thing widely spoken of as
extraordinary; renowned is applied to those who are
named again and again with honor; illustrious, to
those who have dazzled the world by the splendor of
their deeds or their virtues. See Distinguished.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a
celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an
illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned
painter" [syn: celebrated, famed, far-famed,
famous, illustrious, notable, noted, renowned]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
99 Moby Thesaurus words for "famous":
acclaimed, advantageous, august, auspicious, beneficial,
benevolent, bon, bonny, braw, bueno, capital, celebrated, cogent,
commendable, conspicuous, dandy, distinguished, elegant, elevated,
eminent, estimable, exalted, excellent, expedient, fabled, fair,
famed, far-famed, far-heard, favorable, fine, first, first-class,
first-string, glorious, godlike, good, goodly, grand, great,
healthy, held in esteem, helpful, heroic, high, honorable, honored,
illustrious, kind, laudable, lauded, legendary, lionized, lofty,
magnanimous, magnificent, majestic, marked, much acclaimed,
mythical, nice, noble, notable, noted, notorious, of mark, of note,
pleasant, popular, praiseworthy, prestigious, profitable,
prominent, rate, redoubtable, regal, renowned, reputable,
respectable, royal, skillful, soaring, sound, splendid, sublime,
superb, superior, talked-about, talked-of, top, top-notch,
towering, useful, valid, venerable, very good, virtuous,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
FAMOUS, adj. Conspicuously miserable.
Done to a turn on the iron, behold
Him who to be famous aspired.
Content? Well, his grill has a plating of gold,
And his twistings are greatly admired.