[sel-uh-brey-shuh n]


an act of celebrating.
the festivities engaged in to celebrate something.

Origin of celebration

1520–30; < Latin celebrātiōn- (stem of celebrātiō) big assembly. See celebrate, -ion
Related formsin·ter·cel·e·bra·tion, nounnon·cel·e·bra·tion, nounpre·cel·e·bra·tion, nounre·cel·e·bra·tion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of celebration

Historical Examples of celebration

  • No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • At Antwerp, he happened to arrive at the celebration of the fête in honour of Rubens.

  • Mr. Cross and I bore our small part in the celebration in silence for a time.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • So, when you guessed at the date, and told parson to have the celebration then, you got it right?

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • So time went on to the very eve of the celebration, and it was as well that the celebration had never been.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

Word Origin and History for celebration

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper