FA'MOUS, a. [L. 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. Num. 16.

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.