celebrity

[suh-leb-ri-tee]
noun, plural celebrities for 1.
1.
a famous or well-known person.
2.
fame; renown.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin celebritās multitude, fame, festal celebration, equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -itās -ity

noncelebrity, noun, plural noncelebrities.


2. distinction, note, eminence, stardom.
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celebrity (sɪˈlɛbrɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a famous person: a show-business celebrity
2.  fame or notoriety

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celebrity
c.1380, "solemn rite or ceremony," from O.Fr. celebrité, from L. celibritatem (nom. celebritas) "multitude, fame," from celeber "frequented, populous." Meaning "condition of being famous" is from 1600; that of "famous person" is from 1849.
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Example sentences
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.
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