(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. notable, renowned, celebrated, eminent. See repute. Ant., obscure, unknown.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Made recognizable]
Syn. characterized, labeled, marked, stamped, denoted, signed, signified, identified, made certain, obvious, set apart, singled out, branded, earmarked, separate, unique, differentiated, noted, observed, distinct, conspicuous, having distinguishing or unusual characteristics.
Ant. typical*, unidentified, indistinct.
2. [Notable for excellence]
Syn. eminent, illustrious, venerable, renowned, honored, memorable, celebrated, famous, well-known, noted, notable, noteworthy, highly regarded, esteemed, prominent, reputable, respected, remarkable, distingu?, peerless, superior, outstanding, exceptional, aristocratic, genteel, noble, brilliant, glorious, extraordinary, singular, great, imposing, special, striking, unforgettable, arresting, shining, salient, foremost, nonpareil, dignified, august, royal, stately, signal, radiant, transcendent, famed, talked of, legendary, first-rate, nonesuch, big-name*, world-class*, standout*, ace*; see also dignified , famous , important 2 , noble 3 .
Ant. obscure*, insignificant, unimportant.
See Synonym Study at famous .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. eminent renowned, famous, prominent, acclaimed, notable, illustrious, celebrated, excellent.
2. dignified stately, elegant, grand, magnificent, august, princely, lordly, imposing, *distingue.
ANT.:1. unknown, ordinary, pedestrian. 2. undignified, undistinguished, lowly
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Widely known and esteemed: celebrated, eminent, famed, famous, great, illustrious, notable, noted, preeminent, prestigious, prominent, redoubtable, renowned. See KNOWLEDGE, RESPECT.

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