Definition of notorious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nəʊˈtɔːriəs//
; NAmE NAmE//noʊˈtɔːriəs//
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well known for being bad a notorious criminal a location made notorious by battles between local gangs notorious for something/for doing something The country is notorious for its appalling prison conditions. notorious as something The bar has become notorious as a meeting-place for drug dealers. an area which is notorious as a centre for drug trafficking Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘generally known’): from medieval Latin notorius (from Latin notus ‘known’) + -ous.
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