illustrious Definition

  • 1highly distinguished; renowned; famous
  • 2glorious, as deeds or works

Using illustrious: Examples

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

  • Example

    The university has produced many illustrious alumni.

  • Example

    He comes from an illustrious family of artists.

  • Example

    She gave an illustrious performance at the concert.

illustrious Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for illustrious

Phrases with illustrious

  • a long and successful career that is marked by notable achievements and accomplishments


    After a long and illustrious career in politics, he retired to spend more time with his family.

  • a rich and impressive history that is marked by notable events and achievements


    The city has an illustrious history that dates back to ancient times.

  • illustrious ancestors

    famous or notable people who are related to someone by ancestry


    She was proud of her illustrious ancestors, who included several famous writers and artists.

Origins of illustrious

from Latin 'illustris', meaning 'bright, shining'


Summary: illustrious in Brief

The term 'illustrious' [ih-luhs-tree-uhs] refers to someone or something that is highly distinguished, renowned, or famous. It can be used to describe people, careers, families, or histories, as in 'The university has produced many illustrious alumni.' 'Illustrious' is often used in formal contexts and can be synonymous with 'distinguished' or 'renowned.'

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