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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In recent months, a number of celebrities have come out as non-binary. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Merriam-Webster adds non-binary pronoun ‘they’ to dictionary," 17 Sep. 2019 Growing up in Kendall, Alex Miranda watched Belkys Nerey, Lynn Martinez and Louis Aguirre deliver celebrity news and pop culture stories about South Florida and beyond on WSVN-Ch. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Deco Drive’ brings a Miami native home to WSVN," 16 Sep. 2019 Kids shot, evacuees turned away, as the kindness of celebritychefs now feed us all. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Maryland Launches an Investigation on Racial Terror Lynchings: raceAhead," 13 Sep. 2019 Socks and sandals have been on runways—and on the feet of celebrities—for years now. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Post-Fashion Week Look Is All About a Comfy Shoe," 13 Sep. 2019 Along with some of your favorite models—from Gigi and Bella Hadid to Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Slick Woods—a number of celebrities walked in the Savage x Fenty show. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Rihanna's Latest Savage x Fenty Show," 11 Sep. 2019 These videos will continue to threaten the embarrassment or exploitation of celebrities. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 Models in expensive pieces from exclusive designers strut in front of an audience of celebrities, style moguls, and media professionals. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Plus-sized models are still underrepresented at fashion’s most important event," 6 Sep. 2019 The canine contestants will compete in front of a panel of judges consisting of celebrities, surf pros and aficionados. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dog surf competition at Del Mar’s Dog Beach," 5 Sep. 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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