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1. Well or widely known.
2. First-rate; excellent: had a famous time at the party.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin fāmōsus, from fāma, fame; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

fa′mous·ness n.
Synonyms: famous, celebrated, eminent, famed, illustrious, notable, noted, preeminent, renowned
These adjectives mean widely known and esteemed: a famous actor; a celebrated musician; an eminent scholar; a famed scientist; an illustrious judge; a notable historian; a noted author; a preeminent archaeologist; a renowned painter.
Antonym: obscure


1. known to or recognized by many people; renowned
2. informal excellent; splendid
3. archaic of ill repute
[C14: from Latin fāmōsus; see fame]
ˈfamousness n


(ˈfeɪ məs)

1. having a widespread reputation; renowned; celebrated.
2. first-rate; excellent.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin fāmōsus. See fame, -ous]
fa′mous•ness, n.
syn: famous, celebrated, renowned, notorious refer to someone or something widely known. famous is the general word for a person or thing that receives wide public notice, usu. favorable: a famous lighthouse. celebrated refers to a famous person or thing that enjoys wide public praise or honor for merit, services, etc.: a celebrated poet. renowned usu. implies wider, greater, and more enduring fame and glory: a renowned hospital. notorious means widely known and discussed because of some bad or evil quality or action: a notorious criminal.


1. 'famous'

If someone or something is famous, very many people know about them.

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a famous writer?
...the world's most famous picture.
2. 'well-known'

Well-known has a similar meaning to famous. However, a well-known person or thing is usually known to fewer people or in a smaller area than a famous one.

...a club run by Paul Ross, a well-known Lakeland climber.
...his two well-known books on modern art.

Well-known can be spelled with or without a hyphen. You usually spell it with a hyphen in front of a noun and without a hyphen after a verb.

I took him to a well-known doctor in Harley Street.
The building became very well known.
3. 'notorious'

Someone or something that is notorious is well known for something that is bad or undesirable.

The area was notorious for murders.
...his notorious arrogance.
4. 'infamous'

People and things are described as infamous when they are well known because they are connected with wicked or cruel behaviour.

...the infamous serial killer known as 'the Boston Strangler'.
...the infamous shower scene from Psycho.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.famous - widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"
known - apprehended with certainty; "a known quantity"; "the limits of the known world"; "a musician known throughout the world"; "a known criminal"



مَشْهُورمَشْهور، شَهير
nổi tiếng


[ˈfeɪməs] ADJfamoso, célebre (for por) (hum) → dichoso
famous last words!¡para qué habré dicho nada!, ¡me hubiera callado mejor! (LAm)


[ˈfeɪməs] adj
(= well-known) [person, actor, writer, place, landmark, book, film] → célèbre
to be famous for sth [person, place] → être célèbre pour qch
(= excellent) a famous victory → une formidable victoire


berühmt (for durch, für); so when’s this famous party going to be? (iro)und wann soll diese tolle Party stattfinden? (inf); famous last words! (inf)man soll es nicht beschreien
(dated: = excellent) → famos (dated)


[ˈfeɪməs] adjfamoso/a, celebre
famous last words! (fam, hum) → le ultime parole famose!


(feim) noun
the quality of being well-known. Her novels brought her fame.
ˈfamous adjective
well-known (for good or worthy reasons). She is famous for her strength.
ˈfamously adverb
very well.


مَشْهُور proslulý berømt berühmt διάσημος famoso kuuluisa célèbre slavan famoso 有名な 유명한 beroemd berømt sławny famoso известный känd มีชื่อเสียง ünlü nổi tiếng 著名的
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muttered Jo, rolling her eyes and clutching at the air, as she had seen a famous tragedian do.
I was famous on earth with the name which endures longest and honours most.
On the other hand, I surveyed the famous river Ohio that rolled in silent dignity, marking the western boundary of Kentucke with inconceivable grandeur.
For instance, there was a glass pickle-jar, filled with fragments of Gibraltar rock; not, indeed, splinters of the veritable stone foundation of the famous fortress, but bits of delectable candy, neatly done up in white paper.
This road leads through a sandy hollow shaded by trees for about a quarter of a mile, where it crosses the bridge famous in goblin story; and just beyond swells the green knoll on which stands the whitewashed church.
For my mind was made up to sail in no other than a Nantucket craft, because there was a fine, boisterous something about everything connected with that famous old island, which amazingly pleased me.
By my retentive memory of the hieroglyphics upon one Sperm Whale in particular, I was much struck with a plate representing the old Indian characters chiselled on the famous hieroglyphic palisades on the banks of the Upper Mississippi.
If a visiting "country customer" were to ask them, they could show him which was "Hinkydink's" famous saloon, and could even point out to him by name the different gamblers and thugs and "hold-up men" who made the place their headquarters.
What," replied he, "do you live in Bagdad, and not know that here lives the noble Sindbad the Sailor, that famous traveller who sailed over every sea upon which the sun shines?
But of all there were none he liked so well as those of the famous Feliciano de Silva's composition, for their lucidity of style and complicated conceits were as pearls in his sight, particularly when in his reading he came upon courtships and cartels, where he often found passages like "the reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty;" or again, "the high heavens, that of your divinity divinely fortify you with the stars, render you deserving of the desert your greatness deserves.
Not far off rose Ellora, with its graceful pagodas, and the famous Aurungabad, capital of the ferocious Aureng-Zeb, now the chief town of one of the detached provinces of the kingdom of the Nizam.
Tis true, my lord," answered La Ramee, "that his pates are famous and his wine magnificent.