The definition of illustrious is someone well-known and respected for skill in a particular field.(adjective)
An author who receives widespread critical acclaim is an example of an illustrious author.
See illustrious in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L illustris, clear, conspicuous, distinguished (back-form. < illustrare: see illustrate) + -ous
See illustrious in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Latin illūstris
Origin: , from illūstrāre, to give glory to, shine upon; see illustrate.
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