• WordNet 3.6
    • adj illustrious having or conferring glory "an illustrious achievement"
    • adj illustrious widely known and esteemed "a famous actor","a celebrated musician","a famed scientist","an illustrious judge","a notable historian","a renowned painter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Illustrious Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished. "Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere."
    • Illustrious Conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious deeds or titles.
    • Illustrious Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid. "Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • illustrious Possessing luster or brilliancy; luminous; bright; shining.
    • illustrious Distinguished by greatness, genius, etc.; conspicuous; renowned; eminent: as, an illustrious general or magistrate; an illustrious prince or author.
    • illustrious Conferring luster or honor; brilliant; transcendent; glorious.
    • illustrious Synonyms and Distinguished, Eminent, etc. (see famous); remarkable, signal, exalted, noble, glorious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Illustrious morally bright, distinguished: noble: conspicuous: conferring honour
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  • Virgil
    “I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. illustris, prob. for illuxtris,; fr. il-, in + the root of lucidus, bright: cf. F. illustre,. See Lucid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. illustrāre, -ātum, to light up—illustris, prob. in, in, lux, lucis, light.


In literature:

After this follows a list of the illustrious guests, and an inventory of the presents made to them by Messer Francesco.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
The illustrious Conde has returned!
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
A long line of illustrious princes had built up 'an Athens in the midst of Boeotia.
"The Great Book-Collectors" by Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
Of kindred spirit and far more illustrious was Captain Oliver Hazard Perry of the United States Navy.
"The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812" by Ralph D. Paine
Formerly, when you were not the all-powerful Napoleon, but the brave and illustrious General Bonaparte, you knew it.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
A glorious victory was obtained, saddened however by two so illustrious deaths.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
"Louis' School Days" by E. J. May
We know, indeed, that the record of illustrious actions is most safely deposited in the universal remembrance of mankind.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Stephen A. Douglass however, like Webster and Clay, needed not the honor of occupying the presidential chair to make his name illustrious.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
It was a custom among the Goths to rear many of the children of the most illustrious families in the royal household.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various

In poetry:

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all thy armies shine
In robes of vict'ry through the skies,
The glory shall be thine.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Who guards that most illustrious tomb,
And welcomes there the pilgrim's love?
A stranger to his native soil,
Stands sentinel his grave above.
"Monticello" by James Avis Bartley
I am bound,
Illustrious signor, rather unto you
And the signora, past all hope of payment.
When may I come to tender my poor homage
To the Sicilian master?
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
While painting (sister art) makes known the fame
Of one in Britain born, in Britain bred,
Who, great when living, now a place may claim
Among the number of illustrious dead.
"Enigma XXX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Illustrious Warrior! on the immortal base,
By Freedom rear'd, thy envied name shall stand;
And Fame, by Truth inspir'd, shall fondly trace
Thee, Pride and Guardian of thy Native Land!
"On The Death of General Washington" by Thomas Gent
Illustrious Warrior! on the immortal base,
By Freedom rear'd, thy envied name shall stand;
And Fame, by Truth inspired, shall fondly trace
Thee, Pride and Guardian of thy Native Land!
"Written on the Death of General Washington" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Darrell Waltrip hugs his wife, Stevie, after winning the 1989 Daytona 500 -- the 74th win of his illustrious 84-win career.
On Friday evening, May 18th, Stage Left in New Brunswick, New Jersey, will host a special anniversary dinner with a menu prepared by several of the chefs from the restaurant's illustrious 20-year history.
A block of space of more than 220,000 square feet is available for rent at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the signature skyscraper of the city's illustrious landlord Tishman Speyer.
While there is no way to pinpoint when the Champagne toast became the second most common tradition associated with New Year's (next to smoochin'), both the drink and the holiday share a long and illustrious history.
Encountering the Veneto 's illustrious architecture, Veronese frescoes, delicious local cuisine, and crop of elegant (but not stuffy) hotels.
For the first time in the long, illustrious Major League Baseball postseason history, Texas defeated Detroit, 7-3, thanks to Cruz' walk-off grand slam, the first ever game ending grand slam in postseason history.
That long list of illustrious alumni may one day include.
Killian Fox talks to Robert De Niro about the screen veteran's return to form in his latest movie and about his illustrious past.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's long and illustrious political star plummeted when the Brits rightly opposed being dragged into President George W Bush's Iraq War.
Gardner enjoyed an illustrious military career with the US Navy serving from World War II through Viet Nam.
Drew Brees' trip to Georgia began with the team bus getting egged and concluded with the rottenest performance of his illustrious career.
The idea that Haley Crouser is the most athletic member of her illustrious family isn't a new one.
Milo Hamilton's illustrious broadcasting career has come to a close.
Autumn's infusion of illustrious color is dazzling.
And an exploration of the stories found within the CSO's rich heritage of recordings and the Orchestra 's illustrious history in Chicago.

In science:

Studies of charm hadrons have had an illustrious past; they were instrumental in the Standard Model gaining universal acceptance.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
The quest for the origin of the cosmological constant and its possible significance as a fundamental trace of quantum cosmological processes is, in my view, one of the most exciting and illustrious scientific endeavours in early 21st century physics.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Zeno was a disciple of Parmenides, the most illustrious representative of the Eleatic philosophy.
Zeno meets modern science
The study of weak decays of hadrons has an illustrious history in nuclear physics and has provided key input for the development of the SM.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
Massive star winds became a hot research topic at the very start of Henny’s illustrious career.
Mass loss summary - a personal perspective