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.

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 The more DeSantis' popularity soared, the more obsessed Trump became with receiving credit for his political celebrity. Gabby Orr And Steve Contorno, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Her celebrity, which now extends far beyond France, has long been attached to charges of voyeurisme and exhibitionnisme (which have sometimes resulted in legal trouble). Lili Owen Rowlands, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 But more than anything for me, this version of Diana called to mind another blond who became famous as a teen, struggled with her mental health and became a kind of captive of her own celebrity: Britney Spears. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Rifkin is refreshingly frank when discussing his celebrity encounters over the years. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 25 Oct. 2021 Hilton is not the first reality star to shed her ditzy reputation and use her celebrity to create substantial change. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Much of the stadium audience cheered, not having quite gotten from the inclusion of the late Douglas in his list that Jagger had moved into a more jocular part of his celebrity rundown. Chris Willman, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 Their celebrity facilitates an unspoken sense of responsibility. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Celebrity in the airport Go incognito in your best sweatpants, hoodie and sunglasses as your favorite celebrity in the airport. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrity. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of celebrity

: the state of being famous or celebrated : fame
: 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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