Meaning of “famous” in the English Dictionary

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"famous" in British English

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famousadjective

uk /ˈfeɪ.məs/ us /ˈfeɪ.məs/

A1 known and recognized by many people:

a famous actress/building
Marie Curie is famous for her contribution to science.
a city famous for its nightlife

More examples

  • Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside.
  • I'm going to be a famous pop star when I'm older.
  • Who's the most famous person you've ever interviewed on TV?
  • The Beatles will always be the world's most famous pop group.
  • Billie Holiday was famous for singing the blues.

(Definition of “famous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"famous" in American English

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famousadjective

us /ˈfeɪ·məs/

known by very many or most people:

a famous actor/singer
Marie Curie is famous for discovering radium.

(Definition of “famous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)