[ sel-uh-bruh nt ]
/ ˈsɛl ə brənt /


a participant in any celebration.
the officiating priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.
a participant in a public religious rite.

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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British Dictionary definitions for celebrant


/ (ˈsɛlɪbrənt) /


a person participating in a religious ceremony
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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