- renowned; well-known: the celebrated authors of best-selling books.
Origin of celebrated
- to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities: to celebrate Christmas; to celebrate the success of a new play.
- to make known publicly; proclaim: The newspaper celebrated the end of the war in red headlines.
- to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice, as through newspapers or novels: a novel celebrating the joys of marriage; the countryside celebrated in the novels of Hardy.
- to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize: to celebrate a marriage.
- to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.
- to perform a religious ceremony, especially Mass or the Lord's Supper.
- to have or participate in a party, drinking spree, or uninhibited good time: You look like you were up celebrating all night.
Origin of celebrate
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Examples from the Web for celebrated
It was known as the feast of Akitu, and it was celebrated in April.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
Now, it is the most traditional and celebrated Christmas cake in Germany—and definitely not associated with fasting.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Most Latin Americans celebrated the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
People on the streets of Havana cheered and celebrated the return of fighters from the Sierra Maestra.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Seeking to be celebrated for simply hiring a woman is tokenizing and offensive.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
It is certainly one of the most remarkable as well as celebrated of trees.
He was the warm supporter and intimate friend of the celebrated Canning.
December 29, 1892, Mr. Gladstone celebrated his eighty-third birthday.
On the 13th of December, 1882, Mr. Gladstone's political jubilee was celebrated.
July 25, 1889, Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone celebrated their "Golden Wedding."
- (usually prenominal) famousa celebrated pianist; a celebrated trial
- to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)
- (tr) to observe (a birthday, anniversary, etc)she celebrates her ninetieth birthday next month
- (tr) to perform (a solemn or religious ceremony), esp to officiate at (Mass)
- (tr) to praise publicly; proclaim
Word Origin and History for celebrated
"much-talked-about," 1660s, past participle adjective from celebrate (v.).
mid-15c., originally of the Mass, from Latin celebratus "much-frequented; kept solemn; famous," past participle of celebrare "assemble to honor," also "to publish; sing praises of; practice often," originally "to frequent in great numbers," from celeber "frequented, populous, crowded;" with transferred senses of "well-attended; famous; often-repeated." Related: Celebrated; celebrating.