ce·​leb·​ri·​ty | \ sə-ˈle-brə-tē How to pronounce celebrity (audio) \
plural celebrities

Definition of celebrity

1 : the state of being celebrated : fame The actress lived a life of celebrity.
2 : a famous or celebrated person Many celebrities attended the awards ceremony.

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Examples of celebrity in a Sentence

The actress lived a life of celebrity. There were many celebrities at the party.

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Other celebrities this week followed Rihanna’s more-is-more approach. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna, Chloë Sevigny, and More," 15 June 2019 Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images Sudan is in a rapidly escalating crisis, and now celebrities like Rihanna and George Clooney are using their fame to try and get the message to the wider world. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "Rape, Massacre & Despair: Why We All Need To Wake Up To The Crisis In Sudan," 15 June 2019 While vacationing in Florence, the model stepped out in pistachio green—the color taking over both Instagram and just about every celebrity look as of late. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Steps Out in the Dress (and the Color) of Summer," 13 June 2019 In recent years, Dial turned from a site where people relaxed as their cars were cleaned to a hotspot where Dominican celebrities eat and drink, often alongside people with fortunes of dubious origin. CBS News, "Second arrest made in David Ortiz shooting," 12 June 2019 The bar was described as a place where Dominican celebrities eat and drink alongside people who have made money in shady business dealings, according to the Associated Press. Fox News, "David Ortiz shooting highlights crime plaguing Dominican Republic, slugger had called on police chief to 'take care of' it," 12 June 2019 Many celebrities and fans loved the shots, but some responded with negative comments. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Maren Morris Speaks Out After Fans 'Shame' Her for Racy Photoshoot," 12 June 2019 Based on the fan’s reaction to Bam Bam, hopefully next year every E3 celebrity will bring their dog. Melissa Locker, Time, "A Relaxed Dog Named Bam Bam Is the New Talking Point of the Big Video Game Expo," 11 June 2019 Other celebrities set to appear include Common, Quincy Jones, Lil Rel Howery, and many more. Christian Holub, EW.com, "John Legend, Tiffany Haddish star in trailer for IFC's sketch show Sherman's Showcase," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of celebrity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for celebrity

Middle English celebrite "fame, renown," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French celebrité, borrowed from Latin celebritāt-, celebritās "busy or crowded conditions, reputation, fame," from celebr-, celeber "much used, frequented, widely known, famed" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at celebrate

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English Language Learners Definition of celebrity

formal : the state of being famous or celebrated
: a person who is famous


ce·​leb·​ri·​ty | \ sə-ˈle-brə-tē How to pronounce celebrity (audio) \
plural celebrities

Kids Definition of celebrity

1 : fame
2 : a famous person

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