- former name of Sulawesi.
Examples from the Web for celebes
Early this year a Celebes trader becalmed in a prau was watching him at it.'Twixt Land & Sea
They have thrown off the Malay yoke, and plunder as far as Celebes.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
The species of Celebes equal or even surpass in size those of Amboyna.
What the past fauna of Celebes may have been is as yet conjectural.
The two frigates had come round to the northern end of Celebes.Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs
William H. G. Kingston
- the English name for Sulawesi
Word Origin and History for celebes
old name for modern Sulawesi (which itself might be a native corruption of Celebes) in Indonesia, first used by Portuguese, 1512, perhaps from Os Célebres "the famous ones," a name given by navigators to the dangerous capes on the island's northeast coast.