con·​cel·​e·​brate kən-ˈse-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce concelebrate (audio)
concelebrated; concelebrating; concelebrates

transitive verb

: to participate in (a Eucharist) as a joint celebrant who recites the canon in unison with other celebrants

intransitive verb

: to participate as a celebrant in a concelebrated Eucharist
concelebration noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many were dressed in black and held white robes to concelebrate with Avella. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Medieval Latin concelebratus, past participle of concelebrare, from Latin, to frequent, celebrate, from com- + celebrare to celebrate

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of concelebrate was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Concelebrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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