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Famous people - thesaurus

Synonyms

face

noun

a famous person who is associated with a particular product, brand, advertising campaign etc

national treasure

noun

a famous person who is loved by many people in a country, especially someone who has had a long public career

sleb

noun

informal a celebrity

personality

noun

a famous or well-known person

celebrity

noun

a famous person, especially in entertainment or sport

star

noun

a famous and popular person, especially an actor, entertainer, or sports personality

icon

noun

someone who is very famous and who people think represents a particular idea

VIP

noun

very important person: used for referring to someone who receives special treatment because they are powerful or famous

public figure

noun

a well-known person, especially a politician

living legend

noun

someone who is extremely famous during the time that they are alive

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a legend in his/her own lifetime

someone who is very well known and admired

big name

noun

informal a famous person in a particular activity

celeb

noun

informal a celebrity

discovery

noun

someone whose ability is recognized by another person who helps them to become famous

doyen

noun

formal the most respected and famous man in a group or profession

doyenne

noun

formal the most respected and famous woman in a group or profession

enfant terrible

noun

someone, especially a famous person, who tries to shock people or to make them feel embarrassed

the firmament

noun

mainly journalism the most famous or important people in an area of activity

galaxy

noun

informal a large number of famous people

the glitterati

noun

people who are rich, famous, and attractive

golden oldie

noun

informalhumorous a famous person who has been popular for a very long time

great

noun

someone who is admired by a lot of people, especially someone famous

Hall of Fame

noun

the group of people who are most famous for doing a particular activity

immortal

noun

someone who has been famous for a very long time

name

noun

someone who is famous or well known

pantheon

noun

mainly literary all the famous people connected with a particular activity, for example a sport or the film industry

personage

noun

formal an important or famous person

public property

noun

someone who cannot have a private life because they are famous

silvertail

noun

Australianinformal someone who has a high position in society and is well known

star

noun

typical of a star, or suitable for a star

superstar

noun

someone such as a film actor or pop musician who is extremely famous

the thinking man’s/woman’s/person’s...

used before the name of a well-known person, for describing someone who is like them but is more attractive to intelligent men/women

the uncrowned king/queen of something

someone who is considered the most skilful or the most famous in a particular activity or situation

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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