1. Possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid.
Quench the light; thine eyes are guides illustrious. --Beau. & Fl.
2. Characterized by greatness, nobleness, etc.; eminent; conspicuous; distinguished.
Illustrious earls, renowened everywhere. --Drayton.
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.
adj 1: widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated
musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious
judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"
[syn: celebrated, famed, far-famed, famous, notable,
2: having or conferring glory; "an illustrious achievement"
3: having or worthy of pride; "redoubtable scholar of the
Renaissance"; "born of a redoubtable family" [syn: glorious,