Meaning of famous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfeɪməs/

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  • 1Known about by many people.

    ‘a famous star’
    • ‘the country is famous for its natural beauty’
    • ‘Pitcairners are famous for the culture of silence that pervades their small society.’
    • ‘The Old Inn at Gairloch is famous for its seafood and game but it is worth holding back to enjoy pudding.’
    • ‘The city is a World Heritage Site and is famous for its classical music, beer and marzipan.’
    • ‘Belgium is rightly famous for its blond beers, and you'll find a bar on every street corner.’
    • ‘My father is famous for these kind of faux pas, partly because he is very deaf.’
    • ‘He is famous for wanting his money up front and for not playing a note until he has checked the payment.’
    • ‘How about a break in Chicago, the city famous for its jazz and blues music and its great shopping?’
    • ‘There's a wide variety of stalls but Yarmouth market is famous for its chip stalls.’
    • ‘Riddle was famous for the work he did with Frank Sinatra, but was wary of getting too close to him.’
    • ‘The Irish actor was as famous for his varied movie roles as his drinking and womanising.’
    • ‘The Marx Brothers were famous for refusing to stick to the script of their stage shows.’
    • ‘Even Hegel has a vogue from time to time, though he is famous for being impossible to read.’
    • ‘The Sea of Cortez is famous for whales, which come to bear their young in January.’
    • ‘They reassembled the beautiful buildings that this city had once been famous for.’
    • ‘He was famous for breaking countless bands and introducing new music to his listeners.’
    • ‘Aoka is famous for the edicts he ordered to be carved on rocks and pillars throughout his kingdom.’
    • ‘The crocus was famous for both aesthetic and practical reasons in the ancient world.’
    • ‘Some of his works are as famous for their literary as for their philosophical aspects.’
    • ‘Klose is famous for his heading ability but this was his first for Germany for three years.’
    • ‘Frida Kahlo is an icon who is arguably more famous for her image than for her work.’
    well known, celebrated, prominent, famed, popular, having made a name for oneself
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  • 2 informal Excellent.

    • ‘Galway stormed to a famous victory’
    • ‘As he was to do three years later, White tackled England to a standstill to gain a famous victory.’
    • ‘In the end the Bay just didn't have enough juice in the tank to claim a famous victory.’
    • ‘Kuerten reaches match point and records a famous victory in just over two hours.’
    • ‘They managed to hang on for the remaining five minutes to record a famous victory.’
    • ‘The home side managed to hold out for the rest of the game to record a famous victory.’
    greatest, leading, foremost, best, finest, chief, outstanding, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, major, star, top, top-tier, topmost, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, towering, supreme, superior, exceptional, unrivalled, unsurpassed, unequalled, inimitable, incomparable, matchless, peerless, unmatched, arch-, transcendent
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    famous for being famous
    • Having no recognizable reason for one's fame other than high media exposure.

      ‘television reporters are now often more famous for being famous than for their work’
      • ‘These are people who are famous for being famous, ciphers for our fantasies, cartoon characters with extravagant lives.’
      • ‘Both women are certainly easy on the eye, but both are merely famous for being famous and that is about the sum of their achievements.’
      • ‘In this age of Z-list celebrities who are famous for being famous, it's so refreshing to meet a real star.’
      • ‘Celebrities are famous for being famous; heroes change lives.’
      • ‘That is always the way of artists, for only mere celebrities are famous for being famous and need to cultivate a profile.’
    famous last words
    • Said as an ironic comment on an overconfident assertion that may later be proved wrong.

      ‘‘I'll be perfectly OK on my own.’ ‘Famous last words,’ she thought to herself’
      • ‘Perhaps the most famous last words in military history were uttered by an American Civil War officer, John Sedgwick: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.’
      • ‘So for now I'm off to make my final preparations in the hope that all runs smoothly… famous last words!’
      • ‘This time we have ‘no return to boom and bust’, a mantra which could turn out to be Gordon Brown's famous last words.’
      • ‘No one laughed when Gen. George Custer uttered his famous last words at Little Big Horn: ‘We're not out of it.’’
      • ‘‘No need to worry any more, our ISP blocks all viruses’ could become some of the Net's most famous last words.’


Late Middle English from Old French fameus, from Latin famosus ‘famed’, from fama (see fame).