illustrious
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪˈlʌs.tɹɪ.əs/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪˈlʌs.tɹi.əs/, /-ˈləs-/
Adjective

illustrious

  1. admired#Adjective|Admired, distinguished#Adjective|distinguished, respected#Adjective|respected, or well-known, especially due to past#Adjective|past achievements or noble qualities. [from mid 16th c.]
    • A solid and substantial greatness of soul looks down, with a generous neglect, on the censures and applauses of the multitude, and places a man beyond the little noise and strife of tongues. Accordingly we find in ourselves a secret awe and veneration for the character of one who moves above us, in a regular and illustrious course of virtue, without any regard to our own good or ill opinions of him, to our reproaches or commendations.
    • 1843 December 18, Charles Dickens, “Stave Five. The End of It.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801 ↗, page 154 ↗:
      Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs!
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