cause célèbre

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

Definition of cause célèbre

plural

causes célèbres

also

causes celebres

\same\
  1. 1 :  a legal case that excites widespread interest

  2. 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>

Variants of cause célèbre

less commonly

cause celebre

Origin and Etymology of cause célèbre

French, literally, celebrated case


First Known Use: 1763


CAUSE CÉLÈBRE Defined for English Language Learners

cause célèbre

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

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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