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[sel-uh-brey-tid] /ˈsɛl əˌbreɪ tɪd/
renowned; well-known:
the celebrated authors of best-selling books.
Synonyms: illustrious.
Origin of celebrated
Related forms
celebratedness, noun
uncelebrated, adjective
well-celebrated, adjective
Synonym Study
See famous.


[sel-uh-breyt] /ˈsɛl əˌbreɪt/
verb (used with object), celebrated, celebrating.
to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:
to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
to make known publicly; proclaim:
The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice, as through newspapers or novels:
a novel celebrating the joys of marriage; the countryside celebrated in the novels of Hardy.
to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize:
to celebrate a marriage.
verb (used without object), celebrated, celebrating.
to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
to perform a religious ceremony, especially Mass or the Lord's Supper.
to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time:
You look like you were up celebrating all night.
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin celebrātus past participle of celebrāre to solemnize, celebrate, honor, equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
celebrative, adjective
celebrator, celebrater, noun
[sel-uh-bruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, suh-leb-ruh-] /ˈsɛl ə brəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, səˈlɛb rə-/ (Show IPA),
precelebrate, verb, precelebrated, precelebrating.
recelebrate, verb, recelebrated, recelebrating.
uncelebrating, adjective
Can be confused
celebrate, celibate, cerebrate.
1. honor, solemnize. 3. laud, glorify, honor, applaud, commend. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for celebrated
  • The accomplishment being celebrated connects the people present, but it also distinguishes them from others as well.
  • He wrote celebrated popular books and influential scientific papers and people respected him for doing both.
  • Some celebrated this development as an opportunity to elevate the discourse on social policy, especially on issues of race.
  • The provost and others celebrated my grant, although they did not support my challenge of my non-reappointment.
  • Jellyfish should be celebrated as one of our planet's ultimate survivalists.
  • One result of the collapse has been the end of financial economics as something to be celebrated rather than feared.
  • Price is celebrated for creating the first actuarial model for life insurance.
  • Because of her previous views, each swing of her pendulum was akin to a celebrated defection to an enemy camp.
  • It created some scientific celebrities and also some celebrated rivalries.
  • In any case, growing anxiety about a double-dip recession meant the half-decent growth figures were barely celebrated.
British Dictionary definitions for celebrated


(usually prenominal) famous: a celebrated pianist, a celebrated trial


to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
(transitive) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc): she celebrates her ninetieth birthday next month
(transitive) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
(transitive) to praise publicly; proclaim
Derived Forms
celebration, noun
celebrative, adjective
celebrator, noun
celebratory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin celebrāre, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned
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Word Origin and History for celebrated

"much-talked-about," 1660s, past participle adjective from celebrate (v.).



mid-15c., originally of the Mass, from Latin celebratus "much-frequented; kept solemn; famous," past participle of celebrare "assemble to honor," also "to publish; sing praises of; practice often," originally "to frequent in great numbers," from celeber "frequented, populous, crowded;" with transferred senses of "well-attended; famous; often-repeated." Related: Celebrated; celebrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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