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[ih-luhs-tree-uh s] /ɪˈlʌs tri əs/

highly distinguished; renowned; famous:
an illustrious leader.
glorious, as deeds or works:
many illustrious achievements.
Obsolete. luminous; bright.
of great renown; famous and distinguished
glorious or great: illustrious deeds
(obsolete) shining

1560s, from Latin illustris “lighted, bright, brilliant;” figuratively “distinguished, famous,” probably a back-formation from illustrare “embellish, distinguish, make famous” (see illustration). Sometimes also illustrous. Replaced illustre in same sense (mid-15c.), from Middle French illustre.


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