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[suh-leb-ri-tee] /səˈlɛb rɪ ti/
noun, plural celebrities for 1.
a famous or well-known person.
fame; renown.
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.
2. distinction, note, eminence, stardom. Unabridged
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  • Of course, the lure might be a little more powerful for fans of big-time celebrities.
  • Of course, this summer was hardly the first season during which politicians and celebrities have flubbed at science.
  • Wise people will be entertained by celebrities, but not informed by them.
  • But the public shrugged, so long as it involved celebrities.
  • celebrities often buy the credits to keep their green image.
  • But many celebrities have partaken in the personal delight.
  • celebrities have walked the gallery's halls from its inception.
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  • But a few art celebrities can be made to fit stock parts.
  • Yet charisma matters in business, and celebrities do tell us something about how it can be wielded.
British Dictionary definitions for celebrities


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



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"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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