cel·​e·​brant ˈse-lə-brənt How to pronounce celebrant (audio)
: one who celebrates
specifically : the priest officiating at the Eucharist

Examples of celebrant in a Sentence

The bishop will be the main celebrant. the celebrant of the service The celebrants lit their candles.
Recent Examples on the Web Their loyalty program includes a free $16 pizza for the birthday celebrant. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 In early Greece, celebrants of the new year paraded a baby in a basket to celebrate Dionysus, their god of wine. Dorothy Dworkin, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Similarly, Hanukkah celebrants can snap up these dripless candles for only $10. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 30 Nov. 2023 For centuries, celebrants observed Yule, a festival commemorating the winter solstice. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 The bowls have a purpose: to scoop up servings of mescal punch from a 55-gallon drum at a downtown park, where celebrants dance as a brass band blares away. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 Halloween celebrants typically hang fake spider webs on the exterior of their homes or landscaping each fall. Cortney Moore, Fox News, 14 Sep. 2023 While latkes and their applesauce and sour cream toppings (or ketchup, in my son’s case) are the number one food for most Hanukkah celebrants, matzo ball soup is a close second at any Jewish meal—and my husband loves it. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Nov. 2023 Of course, a lot of Halloween fun is spent choosing a cute or scary costume to wear and 69% of Halloween celebrants will be dressing up this year. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celebrant was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Celebrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrant. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cel·​e·​brant ˈsel-ə-brənt How to pronounce celebrant (audio)
: a person who celebrates
especially : the priest who is celebrating Mass

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