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
Her fame came from her longevity and from her celebrity friends.
Celebrity weeklies drove the positive results, continuing a trend that
  generally stood out from the rest of the industry.
We need to turn the the direction of society's interest from shallow celebrity
  worship, to a vigorous search for knowledge.
And the popularity of poker soared with televised events and celebrity
  tournaments.
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