Hypertext Webster Gateway: "illustrious"

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

Illustrious \Il*lus"tri*ous\, a. [L. illustris, prob. for
illuxtris; fr. il- in + the root of lucidus bright: cf. F.
illustre. See {Lucid}.]
1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous;

Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious.
--Beau. & Fl.

2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent;
conspicuous; distinguished.

Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere. --Drayton.

3. Conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious
deeds or titles.

Syn: Distinguished; famous; remarkable; brilliant;
conspicuous; noted; celebrated; signal; renowened;
eminent; exalted; noble; glorious. See {Distinguished},

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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}, {famous}, {notable},
{noted}, {renowned}]
2: having or conferring glory; "an illustrious achievement"
3: having or worthy of pride; "redoubtable scholar of the
Renaissance"; "born of a redoubtable family" [syn: {glorious},
{redoubtable}, {respected}]

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