celebration

[sel-uh-brey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act of celebrating.
2.
the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin celebrātiōn- (stem of celebrātiō) big assembly. See celebrate, -ion

intercelebration, noun
noncelebration, noun
precelebration, noun
recelebration, noun
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celebrate (ˈsɛlɪˌbreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
2.  (tr) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc): she celebrates her ninetieth birthday next month
3.  (tr) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
4.  (tr) to praise publicly; proclaim
 
[C15: from Latin celebrāre, from celeber numerous, thronged, renowned]
 
cele'bration
 
n
 
'celebrative
 
adj
 
'celebrator
 
n
 
'celebratory
 
adj

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celebration
1529, "honoring of a day or season by appropriate festivities," from L. celebrationem, noun of action from celebrare (see celebrate). Meaning "performance of a religious ceremony (esp. the Eucharist) is from 1580; that of "extolling in speeches, etc." is from 1674.
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Example sentences
It's a natural fit for practically any get-together-from a simple family birthday celebration to an elaborate dinner party.
The department is strongly committed to the celebration of diversity and
  student development.
There are plenty of reasons for the mood of celebration.
Visits to friends and family take place during this celebration.
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