celebrity (plural celebrities)
- (obsolete) A rite or ceremony. [17th-18th c.]
- (uncountable) Fame, renown; the state of being famous or talked-about. [from 17th c.]
- 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.]
1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
- 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.
- (fame): big name, distinction, eminence, renown
- (person who has a high degree of recognition): big name, star, (informal) celeb, luminary, notable (noun)
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