A notorious gangster; a district notorious for vice.
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.
Origin of notorious
- From Medieval Latin nōtōrius well-known from Latin nōtus known past participle of nōscere to get to know gnō- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested 1548, from Medieval Latin nōtōrius (“widely or fully known"), from Latin nōtus (“known"), perfect passive participle of nōscō (“get to know"). Negative sense appeared in seventeenth century.