Adjective "illustrious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements.
  1. 'an illustrious career'
  2. 'But it is not just his family's illustrious past which concerns the present Lord Lansdowne.'
  3. 'He was a very consistent performer and rarely had a bad match in his long and illustrious career.'
  4. 'He will not want to end an illustrious career by walking the plank.'
  5. 'The courses are not inexpensive, as the illustrious name of the event hotel might indicate.'
  6. 'As it happens, Cliff's illustrious career goes back a long way further than that.'
  7. 'Its title is Yanks and the script is by Colin Welland, one of Britain's most illustrious dramatists.'
  8. 'He also expressed pleasure to be following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin.'
  9. 'There are many similarities in the short but illustrious careers of Best and John, now the firmest of friends.'
  10. 'The children had a wonderful day out in company of the illustrious cricketer.'
  11. 'In these instances, it is rare for the more illustrious team not to make amends for their sloppiness second time around.'


1. highly distinguished; renowned; famous: an illustrious leader.

2. glorious, as deeds or works: many illustrious achievements.

3. Obsolete. luminous; bright.

More examples(as adjective)

"careers can be illustrious."

"predecessors can be illustrious."

"histories can be illustrious."

"names can be illustrious."

"ancestors can be illustrious."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin illustris ‘clear, bright’ + -ous.