1. [syn: celebrated, famed, far-famed, famous, illustrious, notable, noted, renowned]
2. having or conferring glory;
- Example: "an illustrious achievement"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Illustrious \Il*lus"tri*ous\, a. [L. illustris, prob. for
illuxtris; fr. il- in + the root of lucidus bright: cf. F.
illustre. See Lucid.]
1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous;
Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious.
--Beau. & Fl.
2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent;
Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere. --Drayton.
3. Conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious
deeds or titles.
Syn: Distinguished; famous; remarkable; brilliant;
conspicuous; noted; celebrated; signal; renowened;
eminent; exalted; noble; glorious. 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]
2: having or conferring glory; "an illustrious achievement"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "illustrious":
acclaimed, bright, brilliant, celebrated, charismatic, conspicuous,
distinguished, eminent, esteemed, famed, famous, glamorous,
glorious, great, honored, important, lofty, lustrous, magic,
notable, noted, numinous, outstanding, prominent, radiant,
renowned, respected, resplendent, shining, signal, splendent,
splendid, splendorous, splendrous, striking, sublime, venerable,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ILLUSTRIOUS, adj. Suitably placed for the shafts of malice, envy and