Famous and widely recognized for achievements, characterized by distinction and fame.


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Part of speech



Famous, renowned, notable, celebrated, distinguished, accomplished, great, noble


Unfamous, unknown, obscure, unremarkable

Example sentences

  • The scientist was an illustrious figure in the field of medicine and was known for his groundbreaking research.
  • The city was proud of its illustrious past and the famous individuals who had called it home.
  • The artist was considered illustrious due to her critically acclaimed work and numerous awards.


The illustrious career of the athlete was one that was widely celebrated and renowned. They had accomplished what many thought was impossible and had earned the respect and admiration of fans and peers alike. Their achievements were a source of inspiration to others and a testament to what could be achieved with hard work and determination. The athlete’s name would forever be remembered as a symbol of greatness and distinction.