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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

My vision was to have a Celebration of Life while the celebrants were still living. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, "Celebrating a milestone | Opinion," 14 June 2019 The celebrant wore black sandals and kept her hair down with the daring look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Kourtney Kardashian's 40th Birthday Party," 19 Apr. 2019 Mediterranean, Arab, and African—fuses antiquity and modernity in one grand vision, and celebrants of its culture insist that it be imagined, once again, as nothing less than the crossroads of the world. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 The celebrant, along with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were all in tow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royals Enter a Room in a Certain Order—But It Depends on the Occasion," 6 Mar. 2019 Some Orthodox traditions have celebrants exit the church, then circle it three times before re-entering. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 The event featured performers like Judi Dench and dancers from The Royal Ballet, but familiar royal faces were missing, including the celebrant's sons and daughters-in-law: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Missed Prince Charles' Birthday Gala," 26 Oct. 2018 Image Mae Farrell Karwowski and Ryan Hunter Wesely were married June 30 in Provincetown, Mass. Kathryn O’Connell Cleary, a celebrant affiliated with the Federation of Christian Ministries, officiated at the Provincetown Inn. New York Times, "Mae Karwowski, Ryan Wesely," 1 July 2018 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

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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
US : a person who celebrates something

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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