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Definition famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
  • an illustrious achievement
illustrious = famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
  • We saw a great painting on the wall over their heads, of the twenty illustrious men who had invented the candle.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • illustrious = famous and admired
  • I knew he was feeling that this was just one more time when he failed to live up to his illustrious father's expectations.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • illustrious = worthy of admiration
  • I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "Oh, that's the doctors in the theatre, conferring honorary degrees on the Duke of Hamptonshire and a lot more illustrious gents of that sort.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Mr. Dorrico had been a janitor at Stony Brook for most of his illustrious fifty-year janitorial career.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • He had been afraid that he could not save his illustrious employers from the anger of an excited peasantry.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • And above all, he was overwhelmed in tenderness for his friends, who were all illustrious.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The experience of Great Britain affords an illustrious comment on the excellence of the institution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • You must understand, good sir, that such unique talents are what crown the illustrious smee as uncontested ruler of the mimicry world.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Good God, though we did play the brigand we might at least emulate the illustrious and spare pretty women.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some perplexity from it to my illustrious client.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But what of our illustrious Eugenia?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • That illustrious building was to Hugh a carnival.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • We visited the tomb of the illustrious Hampden and the field on which that patriot fell.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • [heartily] Have I the pleasure of again receiving a visit from the illustrious Commander of Calatrava?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "Is the I for 'illustrious' or perhaps 'impertinent'?"
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Once it was back in my hands, I had a paper trail to show it had been part of the illustrious So-and-So collection.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Then Uzume spoke, saying: "We rejoice and are glad because there is a deity more illustrious than Thine Augustness."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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