famous

famous
fa|mous
W2S2 [ˈfeıməs] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: fameus, from Latin fama; FAME]
1.)
a) known about by many people in many places
a famous actor
Many famous people have stayed in the hotel.
The Eiffel Tower is a famous landmark (=a famous place or building that is easy to recognize) .
famous for
France is famous for its wine.
famous as
Virginia is famous as the birthplace of several US presidents.
Da Vinci's world-famous portrait of the Mona Lisa
b) the famous [plural]
people who are famous
a nightclub used by the rich and famous
2.) famous last words
spoken used when someone has said too confidently that they can do something or that something will happen
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WORD FOCUS: famous
similar words: well-known, celebrated, renowned, eminent, noted, legendary
famous for doing something bad: notorious, infamous
not famous: little-known, unknown, obscure
a famous person: celebrity, celeb (informal), star
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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