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Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements:‘his illustrious predecessor’‘an illustrious career’
eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, noted, notable, noteworthy, prominent, pre-eminent, foremost, leading, paramount, prestigious, important, significant, influential, lionizedrenowned, famous, famed, well known, celebratedesteemed, honoured, respected, exalted, venerable, august, highly regarded, well thought of, of distinction, of repute, of high standingsplendid, brilliant, remarkable, outstanding, great, noble, glorious, grand, loftyView synonyms
- ‘As it happens, Cliff's illustrious career goes back a long way further than that.’
- ‘The children had a wonderful day out in company of the illustrious cricketer.’
- ‘Scotland's exporting success in eastern Europe has not been exactly illustrious in recent years.’
- ‘Before we left he showed me the wrought iron gates which bore the names of Glasgow's most illustrious graduates.’
- ‘Its title is Yanks and the script is by Colin Welland, one of Britain's most illustrious dramatists.’
- ‘In these instances, it is rare for the more illustrious team not to make amends for their sloppiness second time around.’
- ‘Between his two spells at Elland Road came an illustrious career in Italy, with the Turin giants Juventus.’
- ‘Aside from your illustrious career as an actor, how many plays have you written?’
- ‘There was no excuse for that, considering all their illustrious talent.’
- ‘And so a sad and bitter end is brought to an illustrious player of immense quality.’
- ‘Mr Jones has enjoyed an illustrious acting career appearing on Broadway and the West End.’
- ‘It has been a hallmark of its illustrious career in broadcasting almost since its inception in the 1920s.’
- ‘There are many similarities in the short but illustrious careers of Best and John, now the firmest of friends.’
- ‘He was a very consistent performer and rarely had a bad match in his long and illustrious career.’
- ‘The hotel with the illustrious past and the four-star deluxe rating must wait a little longer for a fifth star.’
- ‘He will not want to end an illustrious career by walking the plank.’
- ‘But it is not just his family's illustrious past which concerns the present Lord Lansdowne.’
- ‘His withdrawal from the next two Grand Slams is bound to increase speculation that his illustrious career is now over.’
- ‘He also expressed pleasure to be following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin.’
- ‘The courses are not inexpensive, as the illustrious name of the event hotel might indicate.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin illustris clear, bright + -ous.
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