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[sel-uh-bruh nt]
  1. a participant in any celebration.
  2. the officiating priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. a participant in a public religious rite.
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Origin of celebrant

1830–40; < Latin celebrant- (stem of celebrāns present participle of celebrāre to solemnize, celebrate), equivalent to celebr- (see celebrate) + -ant- -ant
Related formspre·cel·e·brant, noun
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Examples from the Web for celebrant

Historical Examples of celebrant

  • The celebrant kissed the tablet, and held it aloft before all the people.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • The celebrant of the rite sings, invoking the spirit of the deceased.

  • Henceforth he was the bondman of grace, the celebrant of grace.

  • Several minutes elapsed, however, and the celebrant did not appear.

  • There was none of it observable in the stately motions of the celebrant.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest

    Annie Nathan Meyer

British Dictionary definitions for celebrant


  1. a person participating in a religious ceremony
  2. Christianity an officiating priest, esp at the Eucharist
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Word Origin and History for celebrant


1731, from French célébrant "officiating clergyman" or directly from Latin celebrantem (nominative celebrans), present participle of celebrare (see celebrate).

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