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Illustrious in a Sentence

Examples of illustrious in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of illustrious, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - widely known and esteemed

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EXAMPLES - Illustrious in a Sentence

  1. She is, indeed, in illustrious company and in the great tradition. (source)
  2. Judging from the "illustrious" lunatics who showed up, I'm glad to be far away! (source)
  3. In what, then, consists that wonderful excellence, that master-power which has made his name illustrious? (source)
  4. Charles de Sombreuil, whose sister had rendered the name illustrious by her heroism in the Reign of Terror. (source)
  5. But several have rendered the name illustrious by their contributions to literature, science, and the fine arts. (source)
  6. Carolina, and made her name illustrious from one end of the Union to the other, is fast becoming a mere shadowy tradition. (source)
  7. I also fear that "illustrious" might be a bit hyperbolic in describing my toiling in the trenches at my hometown newspaper. (source)
  8. I sometimes wonder if, late at night, some of China's "illustrious" leaders lie in bed and wonder, what the hell am I doing? (source)
  9. The two rang in New Years at Mansion in Miami, where the poor partygoers had to listen to the "illustrious" DJ skills of Ronson. (source)
  10. To the piety of his pupil Carlo Raimondi, the bearer of a name illustrious in the annals of engraving, we owe a striking portrait of (source)
  11. Piccolomini, as an author, an orator, a diplomatist, a traveller, and a courtier, bears a name illustrious in the annals of the Renaissance. (source)
  12. This supposed "illustrious" commentator was the person responsible for spreading the lie about Trig being Bristol's son and not Sarah Palin's. (source)
  13. He is one of the greatest pioneers in science that has ever lived, and his work will make his name illustrious so long as men shall continue on this earth. (source)
  14. Shortly after their erection, in 1829, the well known Sam Patch, whose diving propensities made his name illustrious, performed his noted, bold feat in 1830. (source)
  15. Senator Chalmers died at the early age of forty-six years, and was cut off in a career which bade fair to make his name illustrious in the annals of Mississippi. (source)
  16. After being well educated he commenced that course of patient and observant travel which was to render his name illustrious as a philosophic tourist and historian. (source)
  17. Marlborough, whose fame now flies through the world, and whose glorious actions will render his name illustrious, and rank him among the renowned worthies of all ages. (source)
  18. Or for that matter, the crimes he committed -- but was never subject to the media spotlight for -- over the course of his long, "illustrious" career as a Chicago politician, (source)
  19. To Mr. S.F.B. Morse, whose philosophic and useful labors have rendered his name illustrious in two worlds, the homage of the high and affectionate esteem of Alexander Humboldt. (source)
  20. Every year around the months of May and June, hundreds of "straight A" SPM students receive the news of not being offered the "illustrious" Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship. (source)
  21. They, by and large, seem to have their self-interest at heart, one that seems to go straight to the heart of campaign financing in order to keep their "illustrious" civil servant careers. (source)
  22. Although I risk being faced with a vehement chorus of disagreement for saying so, Chinese bosses have been relatively easy to please throughout my 'illustrious' ESL teaching career in China. (source)
  23. He rendered a double service to Protestantism, which, apart from anything else, would have made his name illustrious: he systematized its doctrine, and he organized its ecclesiastical discipline. (source)
  24. Wolmar, reading in the young law student the brilliant abilities that were one day to make his name illustrious, prevailed upon him to devote himself to the study of the New Testament in the original. (source)
  25. Arenberg, unlike the great general on the Catholic side who had made the name illustrious in the opening scenes of the mighty contest, was disposed to quiet obscurity so far as was compatible with his rank. (source)
  26. Cantacuzeni (illustrious from the xith century in the Byzantine annals) was drawn from the Paladins of France, the heroes of those romances which, in the xiiith century, were translated and read by the Greeks, (Ducange, Fam. (source)
  27. Baronets comprised some of the principal landed proprietors among the best-descended gentlemen of the kingdom, and the list was headed by a name illustrious more than any other for the intellectual pre-eminence with which it is associated -- the name of Bacon. (source)
  28. Of all the families now extant, the most ancient, doubtless, and the most illustrious, is the house of France, which has occupied the same throne above eight hundred years, and descends, in a clear and lineal series of males, from the middle of the ninth century. (source)
  29. Regular readers will recall the illustrious George Deustch, a twenty-four year-old college drop out and Bush campaign crony who was appointed by the administration, allegedly to prevent NASA climate scientists from saying anything the Republicans might find inconvenient. (source)
  30. Both parties were exasperated, and as the spirit of the plebs was rising and they had three leaders bearing a name illustrious in the popular cause, the patricians saw that the results of all the elections would be the same as that for quaestors in which the plebs had a free choice. (source)
  31. [Suarez] How could you explain that despite being such a small country -- and besides, to put it poetically, being lost in the Caribbean -- we have so many friends; that is, the illustrious mayor of Quito and other distinguished gentlemen from Spain are attending the 470th anniversary of (source)
  32. Throop, who is leaning heavily on his riding roots as the son of a farmer and his in-depth experience of the inner workings of government in Ottawa, says Conservatives in the riding are questioning whether Leitch is seriously ready to give up her "illustrious" medical career for politics. (source)
  33. Throop, who is leaning heavily on his roots in the riding as the son of a farmer and his in-depth experience of the inner workings of government in Ottawa, says Conservatives in the riding are questioning whether Leitch is seriously ready to give up her "illustrious" medical career for politics. (source)
  34. In this manner they prophesied to the Pole that he should become the fortunate possessor of the philosopher's stone; that he should live for centuries, and be chosen King of Poland, in which capacity he should gain many great victories over the Saracens, and make his name illustrious over all the earth. (source)
  35. The government, willing to show its gratitude for the large extent of empire derived from their ancestor, conferred on them ample estates, and important hereditary honours; and the Counts of Montezuma and Tula, intermarrying with the best blood of Castile, intimated by their names and titles their illustrious descent from the royal dynasty of Mexico. (source)
  36. Much has been said both for and against the Indian character; but we doubt whether greater or nobler qualities have ever been exhibited in the conduct of civilized rulers or commanders than are shown in the incidents we are about to relate concerning Black Hawk, whose deeds upon the northwestern frontier will render his name illustrious while history exists. (source)
  37. For instance; in the passage which Lord Monboddo admires, 'We were now treading that illustrious region [490],' the word illustrious, contributes nothing to the mere narration; for the fact might be told without it: but it is not, therefore, superfluous; for it wakes the mind to peculiar attention, where something of more than usual importance is to be presented. (source)
  38. In layperson's terms, that means Mr. Alito began his "illustrious" career in the law -- which ultimately led him to be now nominated for the Supreme Court -- because he was adamantly against the rights of defendants, the separation of church and state, and the principle of "one person, one vote" -- the last point being most ominous to me and reportedly to Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "illustrious" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 28 synonyms for illustrious.

big league, brilliant, celeb, celebrated, distinguished, eminent, esteemed, exalted, famed, glorious, great, heavy, lofty, monster, name, noble, notable, noted, outstanding, remarkable, renowned, resplendent, signal, splendid, star, sublime, superstar, well-known


We have 13 antonyms for illustrious.

bad, humble, infamous, inferior, insignificant, lowly, ordinary, poor, regular, unimportant, unknown, unremarkable, usual


Pronunciation: (ĭ-lŭsˈtrē-əs)

Syllabification: il-lus-tri-ous


View up to 25 definitions of illustrious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Well known and very distinguished; eminent. See Synonyms at noted.
  2. (adjective) Obsolete Shining brightly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) dignified

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid.
  2. (adjective) Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished.
  3. (adjective) Conferring luster or honor; renowned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Possessing luster or brilliancy; luminous; bright; shining.
  2. (None) Distinguished by greatness, genius, etc.; conspicuous; renowned; eminent: as, an illustrious general or magistrate; an illustrious prince or author.
  3. (None) Conferring luster or honor; brilliant; transcendent; glorious.
  4. (None) Synonyms and Distinguished, Eminent, etc. (see famous); remarkable, signal, exalted, noble, glorious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) widely known and esteemed
  2. (adjective) having or conferring glory