Definition of illustrious in English:



  • Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements:

    ‘his illustrious predecessor’
    ‘an illustrious career’
    • ‘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.’
    eminent, distinguished, acclaimed, noted, notable, noteworthy, prominent, pre-eminent, foremost, leading, paramount, prestigious, important, significant, influential, lionized
    renowned, famous, famed, well known, celebrated
    esteemed, honoured, respected, exalted, venerable, august, highly regarded, well thought of, of distinction, of repute, of high standing
    splendid, brilliant, remarkable, outstanding, great, noble, glorious, grand, lofty
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Mid 16th century: from Latin illustris clear, bright + -ous.