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


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


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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The mass, in which 30 other priests were celebrants, was broadcast on rock-concert size speakers for the thousands who could not fit into the tent. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "A look at the past: Cesar Chavez funeral draws 35,000," 25 Apr. 2018 His detractors, mainly rival critics, may be numerous but his celebrants in the ranks of the educated common reader are legion. Vivian Gornick, New York Times, "James Wood’s New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds," 14 June 2018 The lovely and understated evening ended with celebrants forming parallel lines the length of the West football field. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 The seat map will show a birthday cake in a celebrant’s seat. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What the Airline Knows About the Guy in Seat 14C," 20 June 2018 With LGBTQ Pride Month beginning June 1 — a month chosen to honor the history of activism epitomized by the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 — celebrants around the world will be getting ready for parades and other tributes. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018 In one interview, native San Diegan Jill McCall settles into a comfortable couch to tell the story of going to a gay bar with some friends to celebrate a promotion, when she and some of her fellow celebrants were arrested and thrown in jail. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New KPBS documentary is a toast to San Diego's gay bar history," 12 June 2018 Road Closures: The mayor’s office announced nearly two dozen road closures to keep the parade route open to celebrants, rather than vehicle traffic. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "The Caps’ Stanley Cup parade: Here’s everything you need to know.," 11 June 2018 Of course, the real celebrant of the occasion is Queen Elizabeth II; the event is held to honor the sovereign's birthday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Joins the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for the First Time," 9 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of celebrant

: a person who performs or leads a religious ceremony

: a person who participates in a religious ceremony

: a person who celebrates something

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