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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Famous


FA'MOUS, adjective [Latin famosus. See Fame.]

1. Celebrated in fame or public report; renowned; much talked of and praised; distinguished in story.

Two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation. Numbers 16:2.

It is followed by for. One man is famous for erudition; another, for eloquence; and another, for military skill.

2. sometimes in a bad sense; as a famous counterfeiter; a famous pirate.