cel·​e·​brat·​ed ˈse-lə-ˌbrā-təd How to pronounce celebrated (audio)
: widely known and often referred to
a celebrated author
celebratedness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for celebrated

famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide.

famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known.

a famous actress

renowned implies more glory and acclamation.

one of the most renowned figures in sports history

celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print.

the most celebrated beauty of her day

noted suggests well-deserved public attention.

the noted mystery writer

notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil.

a notorious gangster

distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority.

a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize

eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character.

the country's most eminent writers

illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person.

illustrious war heroes

Examples of celebrated in a Sentence

He is one of today's most celebrated young writers. a celebrated author making an appearance on a talk show
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Word History


from past participle of celebrate

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celebrated was in 1549

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“Celebrated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrated. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: widely known and often mentioned
a celebrated writer

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