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[sel-uh-brey-shuh n] /ˌsɛl əˈbreɪ ʃən/
an act of celebrating.
the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.
1520-30; < Latin celebrātiōn- (stem of celebrātiō) big assembly. See celebrate, -ion
Related forms
intercelebration, noun
noncelebration, noun
precelebration, noun
recelebration, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for celebrations
  • 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.
  • Traditional celebrations involved the wearing of oak leaves but these have now died out.
Word Origin and History for celebrations



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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