ce·​leb·​ri·​ty sə-ˈle-brə-tē How to pronounce celebrity (audio)
plural celebrities
: the state of being celebrated : fame
The actress lived a life of celebrity.
: a famous or celebrated person
Many celebrities attended the awards ceremony.

Example Sentences

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


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of celebrity was in the 15th century

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“Celebrity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrity. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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ce·​leb·​ri·​ty sə-ˈleb-rət-ē How to pronounce celebrity (audio)
plural celebrities
: the state of being celebrated : fame
his short-lived celebrity
: a famous or celebrated person

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