cause célèbre

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noun cause cé·lè·bre \ ˌkȯz-sə-ˈleb , -ˈle-brə , ˌkōz- , -ˈlebrᵊ \
variants: or less commonly cause celebre

Definition of cause célèbre

plural causes célèbres also causes celebres play \ same \
1 :a legal case that excites widespread interest
2 :a notorious person, thing, incident, or episode

Examples of cause célèbre in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of cause célèbre

French, literally, celebrated case


CAUSE CÉLÈBRE Defined for English Language Learners

cause célèbre

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Definition of cause célèbre for English Language Learners

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


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