celebrant

noun
cel·​e·​brant | \ ˈse-lə-brənt \

Definition of celebrant

: one who celebrates specifically : the priest officiating at the Eucharist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for celebrant

Synonyms

celebrator, merrymaker, partyer (also partier), partygoer, reveler (or reveller), roisterer

Antonyms

killjoy, party pooper

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Examples of celebrant in a Sentence

The bishop will be the main celebrant. the celebrant of the service The celebrants lit their candles.
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Among the early celebrants is Cardi B, whose latest beauty look defies traditions typically associated with winter (no dark dye job or deep nail polish here). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cardi B Embraces Early Spring With a Coordinated Pastel Beauty Look," 2 Feb. 2019 In Moscow, the mayor fired the director of the city’s renowned Gorky Park after 13 people were injured when a wooden pedestrian bridge packed with New Year’s celebrants collapsed. Jim Heintz, The Seattle Times, "Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble," 2 Jan. 2019 The Christmas season, in many of its celebrant aspects, is older than Christianity, perhaps old as tribal mankind. Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness," 25 Dec. 2014 Christmas was a night of possible pogroms and violence, with so many celebrants, often drunk, going from house to house. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 There are three types of Christmas celebrants (very generally speaking): those with half trees so their animals don't sabotage the holidays, the average Christmas folk, and Martha Stewart. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "So…Martha Stewart Has 40 Christmas Trees In Her Home During The Holiday Season," 4 Dec. 2018 The celebrants were two former White House staffers, Washingtonian reported. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Helped Officiate A Wedding in Chicago For A Vey Lucky Couple," 24 Sep. 2018 The work is framed by the rituals of the Roman Catholic Mass, where a celebrant sees his young congregants drifting away and so begins to question his own beliefs. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF's Bernstein 'Mass' will thrill your weary soul," 6 Apr. 2018 Yet over the course of the work, doubt creeps into the ritual, both musically and textually, and the structure of the Mass completely falls apart and disintegrates as the celebrant comes to terms with his own crumbling faith and moral emptiness. Aja Romano, Vox, "Leonard Bernstein gave American music so much more than West Side Story.," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of celebrant

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for celebrant

borrowed from Latin celebrant-, celebrans, present participle of celebrāre "to throng, frequent, observe (an occasion, festivity), praise" — more at celebrate

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celebrant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of celebrant

formal
: a person who performs or leads a religious ceremony
: a person who participates in a religious ceremony
US : a person who celebrates something

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