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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
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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Examples from the web for celebration
  • 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.
  • Anyway, it seems to me that this event was some strange artistic celebration of the unknown.
  • The movement of this celebration was part of a larger group of emancipation days across the south.
  • It promises a carnal celebration but delivers something less.
  • Whether that's cause for celebration or concern depends on whom you ask.
  • But on sober appraisal, there is less cause for celebration.
  • In any event, no children were harmed in the celebration of this holiday.
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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