From Latin illūstrisfromillūstrāreto give glory to, shine uponillustrate
The family was illustrious and wealthy, and claimed descent from Constantine.
Temple in Lives of Illustrious Persons (1714), 40.
The premature death of this illustrious traveller is the more to be lamented because his vast knowledge died with him.
This generation inclines a little to congratulate itself on being the last of an illustrious line; and in Boston and London and Paris and Rome, thinking of its long descent, it speaks of its progress in art and science and literature with satisfaction.
Of the explorers who made Bagamoyo the starting-point for their journeys to the interior of Africa, the most illustrious were Sir Richard Burton, J.