illustrious illustrious  /ɪ ˈlə stri əs/


  1. (adj) widely known and esteemed
  2. (adj) having or conferring glory


  1. The craze for ebony-tinged foods can be traced to Asia, where inky ingredients have a long and illustrious tradition.
  2. The lordly violin and its less illustrious relatives in the string family are in trouble.
  3. The eggheads at MIT and Caltech have an illustrious history of upstaging rival schools and government officials.


  1. Phil Mickelson calls runner-up finish "heartbreak"

    Phil Mickelson had finished second five times in 22 previous U.S. Opens during his illustrious career.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  2. In Justin Rose, a golden generation finally delivers on its promise

    By John HugganARDMORE, Pa. -- It was supposed to have happened before now.This "golden generation" of English golfers -- Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose -- was long ago hailed as the second coming of Europe's "Big Five" -- Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle -- and, like their illustrious predecessors, expected to win ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Manu Ginobili Sounds Like He's Ready to Retire

    In the midst of one of the toughest periods of his illustrious career, Manu Ginobili is talking like a player who may be closer to hanging up his sneakers than anyone thought. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN , the San Antonio Spurs ' veteran said on Saturday: All season long I kind of knew that I was going to play one or two more years. But when you are 36 [years old]—I'm going to be 36 ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "I'm honored to join such an illustrious franchise as the Miami Dolphins and to work for one of the best owners in the league in Wayne Huizenga," Parcells said. "He shares my same commitment to winning, and I told him I would do everything I...
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: Bill Parcells Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I would have remained in the company of illustrious non-winners," Morricone said, singling out Stanley Kubrick and other greats who never won the coveted statuette.
    on Feb 8, 2007 By: Ennio Morricone Source: Washington Post

  3. "Penny is a player who has been an All-Star and has enjoyed an illustrious career," Heat president Pat Riley said. "We have been impressed at his hard work and dedication this summer to get back in shape and return to the NBA. He is a skilled...
    on Aug 9, 2007 By: Pat Riley Source:

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tangible tangible
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