cel·​e·​bra·​to·​ry ˈse-lə-brə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce celebratory (audio)
: of, relating to, expressing, or characterized by celebration
The tone of the article was celebratory.
Both band and audience seemed in celebratory moods, with massive cheers erupting when the lights went out …Emily Burnham
: used or intended for use in celebrating
We went for a celebratory drink after the game.
And you can even find meals that don't have any turkey at all; for many Westerners, Thanksgiving dinner is more about celebratory feasting than ironclad tradition, so chefs update their menus with everything from lobster with tomato-basil polenta to butternut squash lasagna.Colleen Dunn Bates
Also beginning in earnest is the crop of celebratory activities to mark the 250th anniversary of the quintessential college town.James Heflin

Examples of celebratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fans found the comment to be in poor taste during the celebratory segment. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Buy something special and wear it to a celebratory dinner for Mother's Day. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2024 More recently, the incidents have become violent, leading to arrests at the park, and sometimes there's gunfire in a celebratory nature. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 The night after her Grammy win in February, Wilson was enjoying a celebratory dinner in Los Angeles with her manager, Red Light’s Mandelyn Monchick; Loba; and Broken Bow executive vp JoJamie Hahr when Loba mentioned his 6-year-old nephew was being picked on at school. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 9 May 2024 With that has come a slew of new celebratory releases including several additions to the Maison’s iconic Polo collection. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 6 May 2024 Last night, however, the breathtaking space played host to a celebratory dinner to launch Tiffany Titan, a collection designed by Williams. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 3 May 2024 Two weeks ago, Vlatko Andonovski’s postgame news conference — following the Current’s 5-2 win over Bay FC — was mostly celebratory and happy. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 3 May 2024 Hopefully Mother Nature is in a celebratory mood and stays as calm as possibly Saturday for the 100th May Fete Parade and Festival in Palo Alto. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celebratory was in 1809

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“Celebratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebratory. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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