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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: illustris 'bright, famous', from illustrare; ILLUSTRATE

illustrious

adjective
     
il‧lus‧tri‧ous formal
famous and admired because of what you have achieved:
She has had an illustrious career.
Wagner was just one of many illustrious visitors to the town.

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