celebrity

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noun ce·leb·ri·ty \sə-ˈle-brə-tē\

Definition of celebrity

plural

celebrities

  1. 1 :  the state of being celebrated :  fame The actress lived a life of celebrity.

  2. 2 :  a famous or celebrated person Many celebrities attended the awards ceremony.

Examples of celebrity in a Sentence

  1. The actress lived a life of celebrity.

  2. There were many celebrities at the party.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century



CELEBRITY Defined for English Language Learners

celebrity

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noun ce·leb·ri·ty \sə-ˈle-brə-tē\

Definition of celebrity for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being famous or celebrated

  • : a person who is famous


CELEBRITY Defined for Kids

celebrity

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noun ce·leb·ri·ty \sə-ˈle-brə-tē\

Definition of celebrity for Students

plural

celebrities

  1. 1 :  fame

  2. 2 :  a famous person



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