[ sel-uh-brey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsɛl əˈbreɪ ʃən /


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

Nearby words

  1. celebes sea,
  2. celebrant,
  3. celebrate,
  4. celebrated,
  5. celebrated jumping frog of calaveras county, the,
  6. celebratory,
  7. celebrity,
  8. celebutante,
  9. celeriac,
  10. celerity

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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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