cause célèbre

noun
cause cé·​lè·​bre | \ ˌkȯz-sə-ˈleb How to pronounce cause célèbre (audio) , -ˈle-brə, ˌkōz-, -ˈlebrᵊ\
variants: or less commonly cause celebre
plural causes célèbres also causes celebres\ same  How to pronounce causes celebres (audio) \

Definition of cause célèbre

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

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Examples of cause célèbre in a Sentence

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

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The Hammonds served jail time for setting fires on federal pastures in eastern Oregon and became a cause celebre for brothers Ryan and Ammon Bundy in 2016. USA TODAY, "Renters revolt, troublesome bras, deer in the john: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 With Ahed turning into a Palestinian cause celebre, the family says that Israeli authorities are desperate to silence them. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "How a Palestinian teen’s rubber-bullet injury to the brain turned to a biking accident overnight," 27 Feb. 2018 MARIA BUTINA Accused of working as an undeclared foreign agent in the U.S., Butina is quickly becoming a cause celebre at home. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Russians accused of crimes abroad finding fame in their homeland," 13 Sep. 2018 Valtonyc’s case became a cause celebre in Spain among organizations who claim Spanish authorities are cracking down on free speech. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "Belgian court rules out extradition for Spanish rapper," 17 Sep. 2018 McAdams case became cause celebre Many conservatives argue universities should have more latitude to fire tenured faculty, but this case played out differently. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018 Now, all of a sudden, this has become the cause celebre of the left. Fox News, "Former agent fires back at calls to abolish ICE," 30 June 2018 The Maldives' exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed has become an international cause celebre and was represented by Amal Clooney, the high-profile human rights lawyer married to actor George Clooney. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Millions flow to fast-growing lobbying firms with ties to the Trump administration," 17 May 2018 Mill is a huge Sixers fan and his incarceration turned into a cause celebre. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill took a helicopter to Game 5 of the 76ers vs. Heat," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cause célèbre

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cause célèbre

French, literally, celebrated case

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cause célèbre

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English Language Learners Definition of cause célèbre

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

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