famous Definition

  • 1known about by many people
  • 2well-known for some quality or achievement

Using famous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "famous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He became famous for his invention.

  • Example

    The city is famous for its beautiful beaches.

  • Example

    She is a famous actress.

  • Example

    This painting is by a famous artist.

famous Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for famous

Phrases with famous

  • world-famous

    known throughout the world


    The band is world-famous for their hit songs.

  • well-known for a bad quality or deed


    The criminal was infamous for his violent crimes.

  • a phrase used to express skepticism or doubt about someone's confident assertion


    He said he would finish the project on time, but those were famous last words.

Origins of famous

from Latin 'famosus', meaning 'renowned, famous'


Summary: famous in Brief

The term 'famous' [ˈfeɪməs] refers to something or someone that is widely known or recognized, often for a quality or achievement. It can be used to describe people, places, things, and ideas, as in 'This painting is by a famous artist.' 'Famous' has synonyms like 'renowned' and 'distinguished,' and antonyms like 'unknown' and 'obscure.' Phrases like 'world-famous' and 'infamous' extend its meaning.

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