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

Tear gas overcomes protesters and celebrants alike, Viet Cong flags mingle with the Stars and Stripes, and demonstrators plunge into the reflecting pool, some naked. CBS News, "How presidents through the years have celebrated July 4th," 4 July 2019 The tradition is rooted in a painful history, one in which original Juneteenth celebrants were kept in slavery for two years after the rest of the country. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Juneteenth Jubilee brings black-history education, celebration," 15 June 2019 Mastering and participating in such intricate rites can create mysterious, but also fissile, bonds between celebrants. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 As parades bustle in cities around the world this June, as celebrants and celebrities and even lawmakers don glitter, Pride remains a visceral and visual fest. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Tracing the Internal Queer Revolution," 26 June 2019 This week’s gallery includes Summer Solstice celebrants at Stonehenge; anti-government demonstrations in Tblisi, Georgia, and a couple performing the Chilean national dance in Santiago. Washington Post, "PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week," 22 June 2019 Quinceañera applies to both the celebration and the celebrant. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, "For Catholic quinceañeras, Oakland’s Mormon temple is place to be," 17 June 2019 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

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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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