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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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
Their corpses were hacked apart and burned, and two of them were hung from a bridge amid celebrations on the street.
Past ones coincided with holidays, especially summer celebrations that traditionally see increased drinking.
These celebrations often drew a violent response from white men.
The celebrations run three days culminating in a carnival parade on fat tuesday.
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