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cause célèbre

noun cause cé··bre \ˌkz-sə-ˈleb, -ˈle-brə, ˌkōz-, -ˈlebrə\

: a legal case or an event that a lot of people become interested in

plural causes cé··bres also causes celebres \same\

Full Definition of CAUSE CÉLÈBRE

1
:  a legal case that excites widespread interest
2
:  a notorious person, thing, incident, or episode

Variants of CAUSE CÉLÈBRE

cause cé··bre also cause ce·le·bre \ˌkz-sə-ˈleb, -ˈle-brə, ˌkōz-, -ˈlebrə\

Examples of CAUSE CÉLÈBRE

  1. <a cause célèbre from some reality TV show whose fame hadn't even lasted the proverbial 15 minutes>

Origin of CAUSE CÉLÈBRE

French, literally, celebrated case
First Known Use: 1763

Rhymes with CAUSE CÉLÈBRE

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