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Borrowing from Old French celebrite (compare French célébrité), from Latin celēbritās.



celebrity ‎(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.]
  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.]
    • 1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, 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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