Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an illustrious poet.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The poet was illustrious.”)
Someone or something illustrious is famous and respected, or glorious.
Note the relationship to words like "luster" (shining, sparkle) and use "illustrious" to describe people and things that are so excellent and far-reaching that they remind you of a bright, sparkling light.
How to use it:
Talk about an illustrious person (like "an illustrious leader," "an illustrious opponent," and "the illustrious poet Jack Prelutsky"), an illustrious career, an illustrious mind, an illustrious institution (like "the illustrious Smithsonian museums"), an illustrious group, an illustrious heritage, an illustrious reputation, illustrious deeds, illustrious accomplishments, and so on.
How did this textbook manage to make the most illustrious figures in American history sound absolutely dull? Reading about how Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world should give you the chills!
I hope my daughter will choose to attend Dartmouth College, like her daddy did, or some equally illustrious school.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "illustrious” means when you can explain it without saying “resplendent in reputation” or “shining with fame and excellence."
Think of your own field of study or profession, or one that interests you, and fill in the blanks: "'_____' is one of the most illustrious names in (the field of/the history of) _____."
Example: "'Sally Ride' is one of the most illustrious names in the history of space travel."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for May is: “What Do These Words Have in Common?”
The three words given will have something specific in common. (More than one right answer might be possible, but I've only got one particular answer in mind for each set of words.) I've arranged the questions from easiest to hardest, so today’s should be moderately difficult. By the end of the month, expect some whoppers.
What do these words have in common?: baggage, treated, stewardesses
Answer: All are typed with just your left hand on the keyboard.
Try this one today: bartend, tweeze, televise
A Point Well Made:
Thor Heyerdahl: “Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”
1. The opposite of ILLUSTRIOUS is
2. With an illustrious name like _____, you've really got to _____.
A. Xanthippe .. explain to people how to pronounce and spell it
B. Smith .. find a way to make yourself memorable
C. Einstein .. prove yourself worthy of it
Answers are below.
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