F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-muh s]
    • /ˈfeɪ məs/
    • /ˈfeɪməs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-muh s]
    • /ˈfeɪ məs/

Definitions of famous word

  • adjective famous having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer. Synonyms: famed, notable, illustrious. Antonyms: unknown, obscure. 1
  • adjective famous Informal. first-rate; excellent: The singer gave a famous performance. 1
  • adjective famous notorious (used pejoratively). 1
  • noun famous Known about by many people. 1
  • adjective famous well known 1
  • noun famous well known for sth 1

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Origin of famous

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin fāmōsus. See fame, -ous

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Parts of speech for Famous


famous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for famous

adj famous

  • honored — of, relating to, or noting honor.
  • preeminent — eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
  • remarkable — notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary: a remarkable change.
  • outstanding — prominent; conspicuous; striking: an outstanding example of courage.
  • powerful — physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete.

adjective famous

  • famed — very well known and, often, highly regarded; famous.
  • eminent — (of a person) Famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession.
  • recognised — to identify as something or someone previously seen, known, etc.: He had changed so much that one could scarcely recognize him.
  • excellent — Used to indicate approval or pleasure.
  • honoured — to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's parents.

Antonyms for famous

adj famous

  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • unknown — not known; not within the range of one's knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar.
  • typical — of the nature of or serving as a type or representative specimen.
  • unremarkable — notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary: a remarkable change.
  • usual — habitual or customary: her usual skill.

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