AskDefine | Define illustrious

Dictionary Definition

illustrious adj
1 widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter" [syn: celebrated, famed, far-famed, famous, notable, noted, renowned]
2 having or conferring glory; "an illustrious achievement"
3 having or worthy of pride; "redoubtable scholar of the Renaissance"; "born of a redoubtable family" [syn: glorious, redoubtable, respected]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɪˈlʌs.trɪ.əs/, /I"lVs.trI.@s/


  1. dignified


Extensive Definition

There have been five ships in the Royal Navy to bear the proud name HMS Illustrious. The ship's motto is "Vox Non Incerta" which translates as "No Uncertain Voice".
illustrious in German: HMS Illustrious
illustrious in Italian: HMS Illustrious
illustrious in Japanese: イラストリアス

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