ce·leb·ri·ty | \ sə-ˈle-brə-tē \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for celebrity


fame, notoriety, renown


anonymity, oblivion, obscureness, obscurity

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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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Since Bourdain committed suicide last month, many of the celebrity chef's fans have pointed a finger at Argento. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Stars Defend Asia Argento in Open Letter About Anthony Bourdain's Suicide," 13 July 2018 In June, television host and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. refinery29.com, "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 Of course, there were celebrity chefs before Michelin. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The play: Pimento cheese ($7), shrimp and grits ($17), chicken and dumplings ($14) Duck Duck Goat 857 W. Fulton Market, 312-902-3825 Impress your date with a celebrity chef sighting of Top Chef and Iron Chef Stephanie Izard. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 The restaurant got new life in 2011, when Hagar and celebrity chef Tyler Florence reopened it. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Sammy Hagar closes his Mill Valley restaurant El Paseo," 12 July 2018 The celebrity chef for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Wine & Food Experience on Sept. 22 will be Richard Blais. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Richard Blais leads celebrity chef parade at Wine & Food Experience," 11 July 2018 The initial group included Navtej Singh Johar, a dancer; Sunil Mehra, a journalist; Ritu Dalmia, a celebrity chef; Ayesha Kapur, a businesswoman; and Aman Nath, a hotelier. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 But now, the Harry Potter fans have apparently taken things to the next level — by having their first paparazzi picture taken with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Here’s Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson and … Bobby Flay?," 20 June 2018

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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

: the state of being famous or celebrated

: a person who is famous


ce·leb·ri·ty | \ sə-ˈle-brə-tē \
plural celebrities

Kids Definition of celebrity

1 : fame

2 : a famous person

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