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celebrity

[suh-leb-ri-tee] /səˈlɛb rɪ ti/
noun, plural celebrities for 1.
1.
a famous or well-known person.
2.
fame; renown.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin celebritās multitude, fame, festal celebration, equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -itās -ity
Related forms
noncelebrity, noun, plural noncelebrities.
Synonyms
2. distinction, note, eminence, stardom.
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British Dictionary definitions for celebrities

celebrity

/sɪˈlɛbrɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a famous person: a show-business celebrity
2.
fame or notoriety
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Word Origin and History for celebrities

celebrity

n.

late 14c., "solemn rite or ceremony," from Old French celebrité "celebration" or directly from Latin celibritatem (nominative celebritas) "multitude, fame," from celeber "frequented, populous" (see celebrate). Meaning "condition of being famous" is from c.1600; that of "famous person" is from 1849.

When the old gods withdraw, the empty thrones cry out for a successor, and with good management, or even without management, almost any perishable bag of bones may be hoisted into the vacant seat. [E.R. Dodds, "The Greeks and the Irrational"]

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