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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Ben Bruno, who trains Handler and other celebrities like Kate Upton, has a unique philosophy on fitness. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Celebrity Trainer Ben Bruno Just Invented a New Core Exercise You Should Try," 16 Nov. 2018 The Duke of Cambridge is showing celebrities like Elon Musk how to treat the Thai cave rescue divers. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Meets with British Divers Who Helped Rescue the Thai Boys Soccer Team from the Cave," 16 Oct. 2018 Lindsey is no stranger to working with celebrities across various genres of music. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Trio Guest Lindsey Stirling Was Once Blasted on 'America's Got Talent'," 16 Oct. 2018 In the wake of the news of Selena's emotional breakdown, celebrities have been rallying behind the singer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Selena Gomez's Emotional Breakdown," 12 Oct. 2018 Just ask the slew of celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Blac Chyna, Rita Ora, and more who have tried the color on for size. Devon Abelman, Allure, "28 Pretty Pink Hair-Color Ideas to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 10 Oct. 2018 Twitter is where everyone from politicians to celebrities to corporate executives makes news and where billions more can read about it and make their own. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai does ISPs’ bidding, pushes for tighter rules on Google and Facebook," 6 Sep. 2018 Williams was both the actual and sentimental favorite, and had a host of celebrities pulling for her. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Humble Kerber Ends Serena's Comeback Trail In Wimbledon Final," 14 July 2018 And, this wasn't some honorary degree that universities occassionally give to celebrities. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former Rockets star Yao Ming fulfills promise, gets college degree," 13 July 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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The first known use of celebrity was in the 15th century

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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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