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

Examples of concelebrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, longtime pastor of the predominantly Spanish-speaking Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Highlandtown and now urban vicar for the archdiocese, will concelebrate Monday’s Mass with the Rev. Xavier Edet, leader of the St. Ann’s pastorate. Jonathan M. Pitts,, 1 Nov. 2021 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 25 May. 2024.

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