Definition of illustrious in English:


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  • Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements.

    ‘his illustrious predecessor’
    • ‘an illustrious career’
    • ‘But it is not just his family's illustrious past which concerns the present Lord Lansdowne.’
    • ‘The hotel with the illustrious past and the four-star deluxe rating must wait a little longer for a fifth star.’
    • ‘He also expressed pleasure to be following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin.’
    • ‘It has been a hallmark of its illustrious career in broadcasting almost since its inception in the 1920s.’
    • ‘Between his two spells at Elland Road came an illustrious career in Italy, with the Turin giants Juventus.’
    • ‘As it happens, Cliff's illustrious career goes back a long way further than that.’
    • ‘He will not want to end an illustrious career by walking the plank.’
    • ‘There are many similarities in the short but illustrious careers of Best and John, now the firmest of friends.’
    • ‘Mr Jones has enjoyed an illustrious acting career appearing on Broadway and the West End.’
    • ‘His withdrawal from the next two Grand Slams is bound to increase speculation that his illustrious career is now over.’
    • ‘Aside from your illustrious career as an actor, how many plays have you written?’
    • ‘He was a very consistent performer and rarely had a bad match in his long and illustrious career.’
    • ‘And so a sad and bitter end is brought to an illustrious player of immense quality.’
    • ‘In these instances, it is rare for the more illustrious team not to make amends for their sloppiness second time around.’
    • ‘The courses are not inexpensive, as the illustrious name of the event hotel might indicate.’
    • ‘The children had a wonderful day out in company of the illustrious cricketer.’
    • ‘There was no excuse for that, considering all their illustrious talent.’
    • ‘Before we left he showed me the wrought iron gates which bore the names of Glasgow's most illustrious graduates.’
    • ‘Its title is Yanks and the script is by Colin Welland, one of Britain's most illustrious dramatists.’
    • ‘Scotland's exporting success in eastern Europe has not been exactly illustrious in recent years.’
    eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, noted, notable, noteworthy, prominent, pre-eminent, foremost, leading, paramount, prestigious, important, significant, influential, lionized
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/iˈləstrēəs/ /ɪˈləstriəs/


Mid 16th century from Latin illustris ‘clear, bright’+ -ous.