Hypertext Webster Gateway: "famous"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Famous \Fa"mous\, a. [L. famosus, fr. fama fame: cf. F. fameux.
See {Fame}.]
Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; mach talked
of; distinguished in story; -- used in either a good or a bad
sense, chiefly the former; often followed by for; as, famous
for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill; a famous

Famous for a scolding tongue. --Shak.

Syn: Noted; remarkable; signal; conspicuous; celebrated;
renowned; illustrious; eminent; transcendent; excellent.

Usage: {Famous}, {Renowned}, {Illustrious}. Famous is applied
to a person or thing widely spoken of as
extraordinary; renowned is applied to those who are
named again and again with honor; illustrious, to
those who have dazzled the world by the splendor of
their deeds or their virtues. See {Distinguished}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated
musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge";
"a notable historian"; "a renowned painter" [syn: {celebrated},
{famed}, {far-famed}, {illustrious}, {notable}, {noted},

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