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Wordnet 3.0


1. widely known and esteemed;
- Example: "a famous actor"
- Example: "a celebrated musician"
- Example: "a famed scientist"
- Example: "an illustrious judge"
- Example: "a notable historian"
- Example: "a renowned painter"
[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; splendid. [1913 Webster] Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished. [1913 Webster] Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] 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, Famous. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

illustrious 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, well-known
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

ILLUSTRIOUS, adj. Suitably placed for the shafts of malice, envy and detraction.