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From Middle English celebritē, from Old French celebrite (compare French célébrité), from Latin celēbritās.



celebrity (countable and uncountable, plural celebrities)

  1. (obsolete) A rite or ceremony. [17th-18th c.]
  2. (uncountable) Fame, renown; the state of being famous or talked-about. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: big name, distinction, fame, eminence, renown
  3. A person who has a high degree of recognition by the general population for his or her success or accomplishments; a famous person (Wikipedia). [from 19th c.]
    Synonyms: big name, star, celeb (informal), sleb (informal), luminary, notable, media darling
    • 1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity[1]:
      I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.

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  • celebrity at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • celebrity in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • celebrity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.



celebrity m (plural celebritys)

  1. celebrity