celebrity

noun
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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Examples of celebrity in a Sentence

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

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Monica Lewinsky is an ambassador and many celebrities like Lily Collins have been involved with the organization over the years. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "MacKenzie Bezos Is More Than Just Jeff Bezos' Wife—Here's What to Know About Her," 11 Jan. 2019 Instagram has helped fuel interest in what male stars are wearing, turning once-schlubby celebrities like Jonah Hill into unlikely style icons. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 Still, celebrities on YouTube are a bit of a touchy subject within the creator community, with many seeing the arrival of A-listers as a sign of digital gentrification within YouTube’s culture. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jack Black is launching a new YouTube channel mostly dedicated to gaming," 26 Dec. 2018 Other celebrities who've praised Garten in the past are Taylor Swift, Katie Couric, and even the Duchess of Sussex–who, as Garten joked, owes her royal engagement to the chef's engagement roast chicken. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Ina Garten and Jennifer Garner Just Adorably Ate Animal-Style Burgers at In-N-Out Together," 7 Dec. 2018 Siri can also answer more questions about celebrities and food or about topics like motorsports, which wasn't previously supported at all. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed," 17 Sep. 2018 The era of celebrity CEOs is dumb and frankly dangerous. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Where in the World Is Larry Page?," 30 Dec. 2018 Former supermodels and celebrity offspring are everywhere, but only Vaquera had Matthew Schneier, the New York Times reporter and my former Style.com colleague. Vogue, "Vogue Editors on Their Favorite Runway Cameos of the Year," 30 Dec. 2018 Getty ImagesPaul Morigi Another day, another potential celebrity bid for president. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Hints That She Could Run for President in 2020," 28 Dec. 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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celebrity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of celebrity

: the state of being famous or celebrated

: a person who is famous

celebrity

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

Kids Definition of celebrity

1 : fame
2 : a famous person

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