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celebration

[sel-uh-brey-shuh n] /ˌsɛl əˈbreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of celebrating.
2.
the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin celebrātiōn- (stem of celebrātiō) big assembly. See celebrate, -ion
Related forms
intercelebration, noun
noncelebration, noun
precelebration, noun
recelebration, noun
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celebration

n.

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.

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