famously


famously

adjective

  1. having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer.
  2. Informal. first-rate; excellent: The singer gave a famous performance.
  3. notorious (used pejoratively).

adverb

  1. well-knownher famously relaxed manner
  2. very wellthe two got on famously

adjective

  1. known to or recognized by many people; renowned
  2. informal excellent; splendid
  3. archaic of ill repute
adv.

1570s, from famous + -ly (2).

adj.

late 14c., from Anglo-French famous, Old French fameus (Modern French fameux), from Latin famosus “much talked of, renowned,” often “infamous, notorious, of ill repute,” from fama (see fame (n.)). A native word for this was Old English namcuð, literally “name-known.” Catch phrase famous last words “remark likely to be proved wrong” is first attested 1948.

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