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famous

Definitions

  • Barrett on one of his famous dashes
    Barrett on one of his famous dashes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj famous 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

Michigan's famous 1901 team Michigan's famous 1901 team
The Famous Marionette Show At The Quai D’orsay The Famous Marionette Show At The Quai D’orsay
WILLIAM PENN'S FAMOUS TREATY WITH THE INDIANS WILLIAM PENN'S FAMOUS TREATY WITH THE INDIANS
PLACE OF THE FAMOUS ORACLE, DELPHI PLACE OF THE FAMOUS ORACLE, DELPHI

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."
    • a Famous Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; mach talked of; distinguished in story; -- used in either a good or a bad sense, chiefly the former; often followed by for; as, famous for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill; a famous pirate. "Famous for a scolding tongue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." This is the festival that New Orleans, Louisiana is famous for having every year
    • famous Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; distinguished in story or common talk: generally followed by for before the thing for which the person or thing is famed: as, a man famous for erudition, for eloquence, for military skill, etc.; a spring famous for its cures.
    • famous Deserving of fame; praiseworthy; uncommonly good; admirable: as, he is a famous hand at such work.
    • famous Of good character: opposed to infamous.
    • famous Injurious; defamatory; slanderous.
    • famous Synonyms Noted, Celebrated, Famous, Renowned, Illustrious, Distinguished, Eminent, Notable, Notorious, famed, far-famed, conspicuous, remarkable, signal. The first nine words express degrees and kinds of the presence or prominence of a person or thing in public knowledge or attention. Noted, celebrated, famous, are of an ascending scale of strength, and may be used in a good or a bad sense: as, a celebrated thief; a famous forger. The use of celebrated in a bad sense is rather new and less common. Noted is not much used by fastidious writers. Celebrated, renowned, illustrious, are also on an ascending scale of strength. Celebrated is, by derivation, commemorated in a solemn way, and occasionally shows somewhat of this meaning still. Renowned is, literally, named again and again. Illustrious suggests luster, splendor, in character or conduct: as, illustrious deeds; making one's country illustrious. Distinguished means marked by something that makes one stand apart from or above others in the public view. Eminent means standing high above the crowd. Notable is worthy of note, and so memorable, conspicuous, or notorious: as, a notable liar. Notorious is now used only in a bad sense, having a large and evil fame. A man may be notable, noted, or famous for his eccentricities or his industry, celebrated for his wit, renowned for his achievements, illustrious for his virtues, distinguished for his talents, eminent for his professional skill or success, notorious for his want of principle. See fame.
    • famous To render famous or renowned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The famous Revolutionary war general Lafayette had the same first name as his wife Mary.
    • adj Famous fā′mus renowned: noted
    • v.t Famous to make famous
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Quotations

  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    “It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.”
  • Don Johnson
    Don Johnson
    “Once you become famous, there is nothing left to become but infamous.”
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “I won't be happy till I'm as famous as God.”
  • Tammy Wynette
    Tammy Wynette
    “Sometimes I wish I weren't famous.”
  • Ray Charles
    Ray Charles
    “I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.”
  • Alan Alda
    Alan Alda
    “It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.”

Idioms

Famous last words - This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
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Get along famously - If people get along famously, they have an exceedingly good relationship.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. famosus, fr. fama, fame: cf. F. fameux,. See Fame

Usage

In literature:

The author at once became famous, although he had not, even yet, completed his fifteenth year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
But he grew so famous that people flocked even into the depths of the wilderness to see him.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
John heard such glowing accounts of men getting rich and famous in that land across the sea that he felt it must be almost like fairy-land.
"The Child's Book of American Biography" by Mary Stoyell Stimpson
The West Indies were then under the charge of Rodney, whose brilliant successes had already made his name famous.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Name the most famous Madonna in the world 220 G.B.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Cooper's Hill gives name to a famous poem of Sir John Denham (1642).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
All around the walls are posters and drawings of famous artists and caricatures of Parisians.
"Confessions of an Opera Singer" by Kathleen Howard
No effort was spared to preserve the historical "Charter Oak," that had thus been made famous.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Let us review this famous driveway.
"Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia" by Carrie Hunter Willis
The following passage will give an idea of the style of this famous poem.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The famous siege of Lady Moody's house at Gravesend and its defense by forty Englishmen is also of interest.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
The famous cave of Gailenreuth in the last of these districts was explored by Goldfuss in 1810.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Singleton: London as Seen and Described by Famous Writers.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
It was a foretaste of success, the preface of a famous man's biography!
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
Reaching Santa Barbara, we have tea at the Studio Tea Room, which utilizes for its purpose a famous old Spanish residence.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
My compliments to you, Monsieur the famous Inspector.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Many touching stories have been recorded concerning this famous hymn.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
It was on this last subject that Lord Macaulay's famous minute was written.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Vancouver breakfasted here, and named it for the famous Eddystone Light of England.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Llyn Barfog is the scene of the famous elfin cow's descent upon earth, from among the droves of the Gwragedd Annwn.
"British Goblins" by Wirt Sikes
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In poetry:

So it happens with the poets:
Every province hath its own;
Camaralzaman is famous
Where Badoura is unknown.
"Vox Populi. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lo, as she spoke, she saw afar
The rescuer looming up -
The pride of all Buena Park,
Clow's famous yellow pup!
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Of all the wonders happening there
The strangest hap befell
Upon a famous Aprile morn,
As I you now shall tell.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Would I polish off Japan?
Would I greet this famous man,
Prince or Prelate, Sheik or Shah?--
Figaro gi and Figaro la!
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"I have heard thy thought unspoken;
Famous thou shall be;
Though no scalp shall be the token,
Men shall speak of thee.
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The fellowshipp of the Table Round,
Soe famous in those dayes;
Whereatt a hundred noble knights
And thirty sat alwayes:
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy

In news:

Happy 100th Girl Scouts (+ photos of famous Scouts.).
Yesterday, Breitbart.com got their hands on a publicity booklet from President Obama's literary agent back in 1991, before he was famous.
Prunes are justifiably famous, or perhaps I should say infamous, for another condition.
For all of the creative brain-twisting Google expects in its famous job interviews, its corporate culture is incredibly rule-bound.
JACKSON, MI — Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, Beth, met with Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson on Tuesday afternoon as the famous bounty-hunting couple continue their search for fugitive and convicted felon Ricky Wheeldon.
Was this piece of metal ripped from one of the most famous missing planes in history.
Also, that famous silver prosthetic nose of his wasn't really silver, but brass, remains show.
On this day 50 years ago, a now-famous classical concert turned into a musical battleground –with very instructive results WNYC's Sara Fishko tells the story, in this edition of Fishko Files.
The Google homepage today honors the author Bram Stoker, and his most famous book, 'Dracula.
The western Wisconsin city of Prescott is about to become famous for cooking the world's largest bratwurst .
John Smith, whom Pocahontas famously saved from execution.
Behind the scenes as a famous Van Gogh is uncrated and hung.
Frank Langella talks famous friends.
Two kinds of people should not miss this film about the most famous martial arts actor and practitioner of modern times: those who worship Bruce Lee and those who don't.
The famous country singer did a photo shoot for CoverGirl recently, and proved she looks fabulous no matter which hair style she chooses.
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In science:

The giant H ii complex N83 (see Fig. 1 and Table 1), which lies in the western part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) symmetrically opposed to the famous 30 Doradus, is a rather scarcely studied star formation site.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
The most famous example is the Faddeev-Popov method of quantizing a gauge field theory.
A simple proof that $C^{\infty}({\bf R}^n,U(1))$ does not have a Haar measure
The famous Robinson-Schensted (RS) correspondence (see e.g.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
This is the famous formula of Newton’s gravitational force.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Eq.(12.1) is very similar to the famous Maxwell equation in vacuum.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
R(x(t′ ), t′ ; y (s), s) − R(y (t′); t′ ; x(s), s)) Note that the above action looks quite similar to the famous Feynman action for the polaron .
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
Now we will present the maps behind some of the most famous and best pseudorandom number generators.
A mechanism for randomness
Kostro, including the famous Leyden lecture.
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
The famous (Lenz–)Ising model for such ferromagnetism,, may be summarised as follows.
The Random-Cluster Model
The most famous functional is the Boltzmann entropy SB [f ] = − Z f ln f d3rd3v.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
In fact, the famous ’perestro jka’ in 80’s could happen only because members of the Politburo in Moscow were pretty sure that Gorbachev does not talk seriously .
Why everything gets slower ?
Cen is a famous ob ject, and has even had its own conference recently.
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
The K-SAT problem is one of the most famous combinatorial optimization problem, see [PS98].
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
First of all it is the famous method of integrating factor. A remarkable method based on the knowledge of the general structure of the integrating factor was developed by Prelle and Singer and Singer for the case when P and Q are polynomials in both arguments x and y .
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
It is shown in [H4] that the famous moonshine VOA V ♮ is a Z2 -graded simple current extension of the charge conjugate orbifold V + Λ of the lattice VOA VΛ associated to the Leech lattice Λ.
Module categories of simple current extensions of vertex operator algebras
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