celebrity

noun
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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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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celebrity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of celebrity

formal : the state of being famous or celebrated
: a person who is famous

celebrity

noun
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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