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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What started as a styling conundrum led to one of the greatest designer-celebrity collaborations of all time. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bob Mackie Didn’t Know How to Dress Cher When They First Met. Now, He’s Part of Her Fashion Legacy.," 8 Mar. 2019 For that minute, editors, buyers, photographers and celebrities muted the collegial chatter that fills in-between moments during the month of fashion shows. Rory Satran, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most—and Least—Intriguing Women’s Trends for 2019," 8 Mar. 2019 Many celebrities including Lili Reinhart, Molly Ringwald, and Charlie Sheen paid tribute to the late star on social media. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Colin Hanks Shares a Heartfelt Story About Luke Perry Following the Actor's Tragic Death," 5 Mar. 2019 If that’s you, celebrity trainer Kira Stokes has just the antidote. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 Gawker also obtained and published Epstein’s address book, which included politicians, actors, and celebrities. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 The situation can be more intense if the setting is a high-profile trial involving a celebrity defendant. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case," 20 Feb. 2019 The panel of celebrity judges tasked with guessing who the contestants are will remain the same. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 9 Feb. 2019 Ingrid Levavasseur’s passion and moving personal story has made her something of a celebrity at the yellow vest protests. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "After Confronting Macron, France’s Yellow Vest Movement Turns on Itself," 23 Feb. 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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