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celebration

[sel-uh-brey-shuh n] /ˌsɛl əˈbreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of celebrating.
2.
the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.
Origin of celebration
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin celebrātiōn- (stem of celebrātiō) big assembly. See celebrate, -ion
Related forms
intercelebration, noun
noncelebration, noun
precelebration, noun
recelebration, noun
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  • Monday dawned cloudy and threatening, as is usual with celebration days.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • So, when you guessed at the date, and told parson to have the celebration then, you got it right?

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Evidently it was an occasion for celebration for they all seemed in high spirits.

  • So time went on to the very eve of the celebration, and it was as well that the celebration had never been.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • To distinguish his disciples from each, he selected as their day of weekly celebration the sixth day, or Friday.

Word Origin and History for celebration
n.

1520s, "honoring of a day or season by appropriate festivities," formed in English from celebrate, or else from Latin celebrationem (nominative celebratio) "numerous attendance" (especially upon a festival celebration), noun of action from past participle stem of celebrare. Meaning "performance of a religious ceremony" (especially the Eucharist) is from 1570s; that of "extolling in speeches, etc." is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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