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1. Well known and very distinguished; eminent. See Synonyms at famous.
2. Obsolete Shining brightly.

[From Latin illūstris, from illūstrāre, to give glory to, shine upon; see illustrate.]

il·lus′tri·ous·ly adv.
il·lus′tri·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.illustriousness - the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
importance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"


A position of exalted widely recognized importance:
şöhretünlü olma


(iˈlastriəs) adjective
of a very high quality, ability etc; famous. an illustrious career; He is the most illustrious of a famous family.
ilˈlustriousness noun
References in classic literature ?
There were some prophets and patriarchs there that ours ain't a circumstance to, for rank and illustriousness and all that.
When he praises the writing function of the brush, he says "its movements respond to hands and follow hearts; illustriousness splashes like lights and scatters like stars" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) (Yan 1958: 45.1716).
The papacy, he claimed, would do little to unite Italy, much less create a nation that would restore Italians to the grandeur and illustriousness of ancient Rome (83).
Because such illustriousness makes it difficult for a serious biographer to distinguish between fact and myth Rottenberg had to exhaustively sift through Slade's life from his Illinois birth in 1831 to the after-effects of his pointless and ironic death by execution.
common lives, endowing them with the glows and glories and final illustriousness which belong to every real thing, and to real things only'.