cel·​e·​brant | \ ˈse-lə-brənt How to pronounce celebrant (audio) \

Definition of celebrant

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez was surprised when the celebrants at a baby shower unwrapped a gift and found a loaded, semi-automatic rifle in the baby bouncer box that Alvarez-Rodriguez had bought for $9.99 at a Valparaiso, Fla., Goodwill store. Arkansas Online, "In the news," 5 Dec. 2019 To welcome the new season, celebrants symbolically release their fears and regrets on boats laden with flowers, incense, and candles. National Geographic, "November hot list: 5 essential experiences," 28 Oct. 2019 The practice may stem from the ancient Celtic ritual Samhain, during which celebrants honor the harvest and welcome the darkness that fall and winter bring. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "4 Halloween Myths Dispelled by a Witch," 22 Oct. 2019 The artwork is a sugar skull commonly associated with Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday in which celebrants honor the memory of those who have passed. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Fulton’s hazy IPA remembers beloved team member," 7 Oct. 2019 Among the celebrants on the docks were two brothers from the Levy family — Sam, a journalist, and Daout, an Ottoman official. Matti Friedman, New York Times, "Meet the Levy Family. Their History Is Our History.," 19 Nov. 2019 While the celebrants might well have feasted on wild turkey, the local diet also included fish, eels, shellfish, and a Wampanoag dish called nasaump, which the Pilgrims had adopted: boiled cornmeal mixed with vegetables and meats. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 Is orange the color of the icing of the pumpkin birthday cakes of upcoming celebrants? Ronald Browning, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace: Fall Harvest Festival is this weekend at Steppingstone Farm Museum," 26 Sep. 2019 Downtown Oakland was jammed with scents, costumes, vendors and shoulder-to-shoulder celebrants. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Tens of thousands jam downtown Oakland for Chinatown festival," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of celebrant was in 1624

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Celebrant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrant. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of celebrant

: 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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