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[ UK /ɪlˈʌstɹɪəs/ ]
[ US /ˌɪˈɫəstɹiəs/ ]
  1. having or conferring glory
    an illustrious achievement
  2. widely known and esteemed
    a renowned painter
    an illustrious judge
    a notable historian
    a famous actor
    a famed scientist
    a celebrated musician
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How To Use illustrious In A Sentence

  • The recent diminution on the international scene of these three nations means less illustrious sides are no longer gripped with a fear factor when facing what have tended to be considered behemoths of the game.
  • She comes from an illustrious political family which includes two former Cabinet ministers.
  • ‘It's meant to be’ jibes Danilo as he storms off the Westmorland Hall stage with such splendid melodrama he almost pushes conductor Wyn Davies into his illustrious players.
  • He also expressed pleasure to be following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin.
  • It is a game that boasts a long and illustrious history in its birthplace of India. Times, Sunday Times
  • Here are some of the princess's illustrious predecessors who have made a name for themselves. The Sun
  • It was clear that the native tutors had no control whatever over their illustrious pupil, and every creature in and about the zenana was his submissive slave, so that Gerrard became seriously exercised as to the development of his character. The Path to Honour
  • The name of this illustrious saint is intimately connected with a most magnificent specimen of calligraphical art of the eighth century, preserved in the Bibliomania in the Middle Ages
  • At length returning home, he obtained of Ængus, king of Munster, a grant of the isle of Arra, or Arn, wherein he founded a great monastery, in which he trained up many disciples, illustrious for sanctity, insomuch that the island was called Arran of the Saints. The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March
  • The overture is similar to its more illustrious counterpart from Tchiakovsky and it also has bells in its final moments.
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