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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
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[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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Your people would ye justify in their reverence: that called ye "Will to Truth," ye famous wise ones!
So famous had the house become for it, that when Mary de Medici was a prisoner, as we know, in the castle of Blois, she once sent for some.
The Fairy, who was waiting at the door of the house, lifted the poor little Marionette in her arms, took him to a dainty room with mother-of-pearl walls, put him to bed, and sent immediately for the most famous doctors of the neighborhood to come to her.
The whale has no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler, you will say.
Thus came the Queen's Page, young Richard Partington, from famous London Town down into Nottinghamshire, upon Her Majesty's bidding, to seek Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.
Yet it was not because of his own poetry that he was famous, but because he had found (so he said) some poems of a man who lived fifteen hundred years before, and translated them into English.
The next most famous instance happened at Rheims six years earlier, and the historian in that case is Le Cat, one of the most renowned surgeons produced by France.
One of the wildest of these stories related to a Yellow Diamond-- a famous gem in the native annals of India.
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?
Ere the English ship fades from sight, be it set down here, that she hailed from London, and was named after the late Samuel Enderby, merchant of that city, the original of the famous whaling house of enderby and sons; a house which in my poor whaleman's opinion, comes not far behind the united royal houses of the Tudors and Bourbons, in point of real historical interest.
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.
Even you, Charley, my boy, would have felt some respect for the chair if you had seen it occupied by this famous schoolmaster.