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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In the aftermath of this week’s follower purge, people who have built their celebrity on social media platforms took a hit as well. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 From Gabrielle Union and Bella Hadid to Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen, our favorite celebrities are showing the world that ponytails are a worthy part of any hairstyle repertoire. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "15 Times Celebrities Made The Ponytail Cool For Summer," 9 July 2018 Laverne's dream, though, is to levy her online celebrity into an acting career. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Greenwood teen has 3M Musical.ly fans. But after being bullied, she goes to school alone," 6 July 2018 But the reason for her celebrity is hardly glamorous. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "U. of C.'s Yerkes Observatory has been a cherished icon for decades. Now it's for sale, and people are nervous," 5 July 2018 Scroll through the Instagrams below to see what your favorite celebrities, from Karlie Kloss to Demi Lovato, got up to over the Fourth of July, from chic adventures abroad to just chilling at home by kicking back in a rocking chair. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How All Your Favorite Celebs Celebrated the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 Up your summer style with a pair of trendy specs inspired by your favorite celebrity. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Summer sunglasses trends 2018: 22 celeb-approved shades," 3 July 2018 His celebrity, the volume of Argentina supporters here in Russia and the constant, paramedic-necessitating, bird-flipping absurdity of Diego Maradona has amplified it to a ludicrous degree. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The World Cup of Chaos: Looking Back on a Group Stage for the Ages," 29 June 2018 But the 1992-93 Suns danced in the spotlight, embracing their celebrity. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns – and fans – reach silver anniversary of love affair with 1993 Western Conference champions," 16 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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cult of celebrity

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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