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 The go-to pandemic choice is a drive-by: The celebrant hands out goody bags in front of their house to a car parade of friends who shout mazel tovs out their windows. Washington Post, "Bar and bat mitzvah dates have been locked in for years. When the pandemic changed everything, families got creative.," 1 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday night, the entire Crewe d’Observe took a moment to salute a legendary Carnival celebrant sadly lost to this deplorable virus that afflicts the land. al, "Masked Observer bows at the crossroads of reverence and revelry," 13 Feb. 2021 In Jersey City, New Jersey, crowds cheered for a postal worker, who was enthusiastically hugged by one celebrant, a video shows. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Celebrating crowds cheer US Postal Service workers after Biden declared winner," 7 Nov. 2020 Bishop Scott Benhase of Georgia, president of Province IV, served as the chief celebrant of the consecration service. al, "First woman bishop takes office for Diocese of Alabama," 27 June 2020 Bishop Scott Benhase of Georgia, president of Province IV, will be the chief celebrant of the consecration service. al, "Royal Wedding preacher, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, will miss ceremony for Diocese of Alabama’s first woman bishop," 26 June 2020 Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Tuesday the country would further cut down on social gatherings, limiting weddings to five people: the couple, a celebrant and witnesses. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Australia enacts strict gathering policy; Bindi Irwin sneaks in 'small, private' wedding amid coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 Personal trainers can have classes of 10, yet weddings are restricted to the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Warning of Economic Crisis, Australia Avoids Full Virus Lockdown," 24 Mar. 2020 Image Kevin Joseph McKeon and Andrew Patrick Lowy were married June 8 at the Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, Calif. Marcia Curtis, a friend of the family who is a celebrant of the Church of Spiritual Humanism, officiated. New York Times, "Kevin McKeon, Andrew Lowy," 10 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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The first known use of celebrant was in 1624

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15 Mar 2021

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“Celebrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrant. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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