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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.
famous well-known notorious infamous
If someone or something is famous, very many people know about them.
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.
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.
Someone or something that is notorious is well known for something that is bad or undesirable.
People and things are described as infamous when they are well known because they are connected with wicked or cruel behaviour.
|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"
forgotten, unknown, obscure, mediocre, unremarkable, undistinguished, unexceptional, uncelebrated