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 Weddings must be limited to the couple, celebrant and two witnesses, while funerals could only be attended by about 10 people. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Australia Widens Shutdown as Virus Cases Surge Past 2,000," 5 May 2020 Kentucky church hosts in-person Easter services With most of the nation on lockdown, celebrants gave up Easter dresses and churches for living room livestreams, watching sermons preached before empty sanctuaries. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Churches, stimulus checks, US cases," 13 Apr. 2020 Greek Orthodox communion involved a form of common cup communion where celebrants distribute the Precious Blood to congregants with a communal spoon. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus in congregation with common cup communion leads DC churches to restrict worship practices," 10 Mar. 2020 With much of Kentucky and the nation on lockdown, many celebrants traded Easter dresses and churches for living room livestreams, watching Catholic masses online and listening to sermons preached before empty sanctuaries. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus midday update: Defiant Easter services, more COVID-19 deaths in Indiana," 12 Apr. 2020 More than a million dancing, singing, bead-catching celebrants packed the streets of the French Quarter and other venues across this city in the weeks leading up to the sprawling open-air party that is Mardi Gras. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "From party to pandemic: New Orleans fears Mardis Gras fueled coronavirus outbreak as cases spike," 26 Mar. 2020 Along with commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, New York will be hosting the first ever WorldPride event on U.S. soil, bringing even more celebrants than ever to the Big Apple. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor & Pabllo Vittar Announced for NYC Pride Island 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 David Abel, who has started a business in his retirement as a wedding celebrant, has been on roughly 20 cruises with his wife. Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trapped on virus-ravaged cruise ship, shocked passengers struggle to keep spirits up," 5 Feb. 2020 After a few hours, celebrants break for boudin, a spicy sausage treat. National Geographic, "Here’s Mardi Gras like you’ve never seen it," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Celebrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrant. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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