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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the old model of celebrity, stars were propped up by studios and agencies with a stake in their enduring appeal. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "98 Million TikTok Followers Can’t Be Wrong," 20 Nov. 2020 Her mother, an Irish Latina woman who didn’t speak English, was excited, feeling a bit of celebrity for a moment. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Interstate highways displaced thousands in Phoenix. The consequences were long-lasting," 19 Nov. 2020 Born in Guadeloupe, the son of a French plantation owner and an African woman that owner likely enslaved, Bologne became something of a celebrity in Paris. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Review: At L.A. and Long Beach operas, the pandemic gives young talent a spotlight," 16 Nov. 2020 Someone who can balance the calculus of celebrity, fashion, art, and music as well as Linnetz can would be highly valuable to the behemoths out there, in the way that fellow multi-hyphenates like Matthew Williams, Virgil Abloh, and Hedi Slimane are. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "How Eli Russell Linnetz Built the Ultimate Californian Brand," 12 Nov. 2020 An accidental sort-of celebrity from that now-famous sign, Taff said she's felt empowered to keep trying to make a difference. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is Ridiculous' voter from Wisconsin's April election has another message for the Badger State: 'Our voice matters.'," 10 Nov. 2020 The massive facilities at the Staples Center will allow the Emmys team will to set up equipment that broadcasts live streams from celebrity homes across the world. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The 2020 Emmys Already Sounds Like A Mess," 25 Aug. 2020 The celebrity chef later sent one of his lieutenants to ask Williams to come work for him. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "With boozy wings, turkey legs, stacked seafood, Nice Guys steps up as a Creole tavern," 22 Oct. 2020 The days of beef heart tartare, Iberico lardo and other rich, meaty dishes are no more at celebrity chef Chris Cosentino’s Cockscomb — for now, at least. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Celebrity chef Chris Cosentino's S.F. meat emporium, Cockscomb, closes for foreseeable future," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Celebrity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrity. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce celebrity (audio)

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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