- The definition of notorious is well known for an undesirable trait or for any particular trait.
- An example of notorious is a person known for her alcoholic tendencies.
- An example of notorious is a person known for their excellent cake decorating abilities.
- well-known; publicly discussed
- widely but unfavorably known or talked about
Origin of notoriousMedieval Latin notorius ; from Late Latin notoria, news, information ; from notus: see note
Known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous: a notorious gangster; a district notorious for vice.
Origin of notoriousFrom Medieval Latin nōtōrius, well-known, from Latin nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more notorious, superlative most notorious)
- Widely known, especially for something bad; infamous.
- 1920, "This is the last straw. In your infatuation for this man — a man who is notorious for his excesses, a man your father would not have allowed to so much as mention your name — you have reflected the demi-monde rather than the circles in which you have presumably grown up." — The Offshore Pirate by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- 1999, "The Hempshocks' sheep were notoriously the finest for miles around: shaggy-coated and intelligent (for sheep), with curling horns and sharp hooves." — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 30 (2001 Perennial edition)