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 cause célèbre (audio) \

Definition of cause célèbre

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Amid stirring images of the Russian bombardment — and the rise of Zelensky as a global cause celebre — foreign leaders who’d cozied up to Putin before the invasion are suffering repercussions at home. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 Amid stirring images of the Russian bombardment - and the rise of Zelensky as a global cause celebre - foreign leaders who’d cozied up to Putin before the invasion are suffering repercussions at home. Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Feb. 2022 Critical race theory is not an official curriculum taught in US schools but has still become the cause celebre on the right. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 The incident became a cause celebre for LGBTQ rights and led to the passage of hate-crime laws. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 Remble and everyone around him are very aware of the stakes when Drakeo, a cause celebre for the L.A. rap world, or Nipsey Hussle, a universally beloved community figure, can be killed for barely explicable reasons. August Brown Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Instantly, however, the killings turned him into a right-wing cause celebre - and his acquittal Friday on all charges ensures that his political utility will endure beyond the trial. Griff Witte And Hannah Allam, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 Gaetz has made no secret of his support for Rittenhouse, who has become a cause celebre among Republican supporters of gun rights. al, 19 Nov. 2021 The trial of Rittenhouse became a cause celebre for conservatives and liberals, a symbol of bigger disagreements over issues of gun rights and self-defense, as well as greater social-justice concerns. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 Apr 2022

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“Cause célèbre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cause%20c%C3%A9l%C3%A8bre. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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