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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jeanne Calment, however, was an accidental icon, her celebrity the result of a form of passivity. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 We were treated to everything from different takes on the French mani, classic colors with a twist, and wildly creative finishes from our favorite celebrities like Zazie Beetz, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson. Audrey Noble, Allure, "The Best Celebrity Manicures Spotted on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet," 9 Feb. 2020 Here are are the new celebrity couples of 2020…so far. Glamour, "The Biggest New Celebrity Couples of 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 The gesture led to speculation that the celebrity couple was making a silent protest. NBC News, "Jay-Z says family's sitting during national anthem at Super Bowl was not political statement," 5 Feb. 2020 With no host on deck for the 2020 Oscars, all eyes are on the celebrities who come out to present the awards. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Oscars," 4 Feb. 2020 Writing assignment: As part of an assignment in Sela Cunningham's class at North Ridgeville High School, students wrote letters to their favorite celebrities in December. cleveland, "Avon Library Levy Issue 12 campaign kicks off: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 18 Jan. 2020 Nevertheless, that Frémont nearly rode his celebrity all the way to the White House invites comparison with its current occupant, whose fame prior to winning election rested, admittedly, on a considerably slimmer body of work. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Imperfect Union’ Review: Mr. & Mrs. Pathfinder," 17 Jan. 2020 Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler may soon join the leagues of celebrity couples who break up and get back together (see: ). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "It Might Not Be Over Yet for Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Celebrity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrity. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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