Illustrious Il*lus"tri*ous, a. [L. illustris, prob. for illuxtris; fr. il- in + the root of lucidus bright: cf. F. illustre. See {Lucid}.] 1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid. [1913 Webster]

Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished. [1913 Webster]

Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

3. Conferring luster or honor; renowned; as, illustrious deeds or titles.

Syn: Distinguished; famous; remarkable; brilliant; conspicuous; noted; celebrated; signal; renowened; eminent; exalted; noble; glorious. See {Distinguished}, {Famous}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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