Definition of famous in US English:

famous

adjective

  • Known about by many people.

    ‘the country is famous for its natural beauty’
    ‘a famous star’
    • ‘My father is famous for these kind of faux pas, partly because he is very deaf.’
    • ‘The Sea of Cortez is famous for whales, which come to bear their young in January.’
    • ‘Frida Kahlo is an icon who is arguably more famous for her image than for her work.’
    • ‘The Marx Brothers were famous for refusing to stick to the script of their stage shows.’
    • ‘Riddle was famous for the work he did with Frank Sinatra, but was wary of getting too close to him.’
    • ‘Aoka is famous for the edicts he ordered to be carved on rocks and pillars throughout his kingdom.’
    • ‘He was famous for breaking countless bands and introducing new music to his listeners.’
    • ‘He is famous for wanting his money up front and for not playing a note until he has checked the payment.’
    • ‘Even Hegel has a vogue from time to time, though he is famous for being impossible to read.’
    • ‘Some of his works are as famous for their literary as for their philosophical aspects.’
    • ‘How about a break in Chicago, the city famous for its jazz and blues music and its great shopping?’
    • ‘The Old Inn at Gairloch is famous for its seafood and game but it is worth holding back to enjoy pudding.’
    • ‘Klose is famous for his heading ability but this was his first for Germany for three years.’
    • ‘The Irish actor was as famous for his varied movie roles as his drinking and womanising.’
    • ‘Belgium is rightly famous for its blond beers, and you'll find a bar on every street corner.’
    • ‘The city is a World Heritage Site and is famous for its classical music, beer and marzipan.’
    • ‘There's a wide variety of stalls but Yarmouth market is famous for its chip stalls.’
    • ‘They reassembled the beautiful buildings that this city had once been famous for.’
    • ‘Pitcairners are famous for the culture of silence that pervades their small society.’
    • ‘The crocus was famous for both aesthetic and practical reasons in the ancient world.’
    well known, celebrated, prominent, famed, popular, having made a name for oneself
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Phrases

  • famous for being famous

    • Having no recognizable or distinct reason for one's fame other than high media exposure.

      • ‘Celebrities are famous for being famous; heroes change lives.’
      • ‘Both women are certainly easy on the eye, but both are merely famous for being famous and that is about the sum of their achievements.’
      • ‘In this age of Z-list celebrities who are famous for being famous, it's so refreshing to meet a real star.’
      • ‘These are people who are famous for being famous, ciphers for our fantasies, cartoon characters with extravagant lives.’
      • ‘That is always the way of artists, for only mere celebrities are famous for being famous and need to cultivate a profile.’
  • famous last words

    • Said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well be proved wrong by events.

      ‘“I'll be perfectly OK on my own.” “Famous last words,” she thought to herself’
      • ‘‘No need to worry any more, our ISP blocks all viruses’ could become some of the Net's most famous last words.’
      • ‘This time we have ‘no return to boom and bust’, a mantra which could turn out to be Gordon Brown's famous last words.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most famous last words in military history were uttered by an American Civil War officer, John Sedgwick: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.’
      • ‘So for now I'm off to make my final preparations in the hope that all runs smoothly… famous last words!’
      • ‘No one laughed when Gen. George Custer uttered his famous last words at Little Big Horn: ‘We're not out of it.’’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French fameus, from Latin famosus ‘famed’, from fama (see fame).

Pronunciation

famous

/ˈfāməs//ˈfeɪməs/