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Definition of Illustrious


  1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid.
  2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished.
  3. Conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious deeds or titles.

Illustrious Quotations

My illustrious lordship, I'll show you what a woman can do.
Artemisia Gentileschi

I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.
Martin Van Buren

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
Joseph Addison

Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.
Benazir Bhutto

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Illustrious Translations

illustrious in Italian is famoso
illustrious in Latin is clarus
illustrious in Spanish is ilustre, afamado
illustrious in Swedish is lysande
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