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[suh-leb] /səˈlɛb/
noun, Slang.
a celebrity.
Origin of celeb
1910-15; by shortening Unabridged
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(informal) a celebrity
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Word Origin and History for celeb

colloquial shortening of celebrity "celebrated person," by 1908, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for celeb

cat 1


  1. A hobo or a migrant worker (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. A prostitute (1535+)
  3. The vulva; pussy (1730s+)
  4. A woman who, often subtly, attacks and denigrates other women; a spiteful and malicious woman: Dorothy Parker was a super cat (1760s+)
  5. A man who dresses flashily and ostentatiously pursues worldly pleasure; dude, hepcat, sport: I was a sharp cat/ The cool chick down on Calumet has got herself a brand new cat (1950s+ Black & teenagers)
  6. A jazz musician: It was all right to the early cats (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
  7. hipster (1960s+)
  8. Any man; fellow; guy: Who's that cat sitting next to the Pope? (1940s+)
  9. A sailboat with one fore-and-aft sail; a catboat: He sails a little cat (1880s+)
  10. Metcathenone, an addictive synthetic narcotic similar to but more powerful than cocaine: For a few hundred dollars, dealers can produce thousands of dollars' worth of cat (1990s+)


  1. (also cat around) To spend time with women for amatory purposes; chase and stalk women; tomcat (1725+)
  2. To move stealthily: began to cat toward the door (1960s+ Black)
  3. To loaf and idle; spend one's time on street corners admiring young women (1920s+)

Related Terms

alley cat, ash cat, fat cat, fraidy cat, hellcat, hepcat, hip cat, kick at the cat, let the cat out of the bag

[black sense, ''dude,'' may be influenced by a Wolof term]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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