- 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 celebratory
Akbar and McCain raced out of the courtroom, recording a celebratory Vine in the elevator.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
For the first time in this war, the sounds of rifle file were celebratory rather than a part of combat.Israel’s Mystery MIA in Gaza
July 22, 2014
Homeland fans made ranting about the awfulness of petulant teen Dana Brody into a weekly celebratory ritual.Is Marnie From ‘Girls’ the Worst Character on TV?
February 21, 2014
But when the numbers were released, the reaction in the Grimes camp—and in local and national media—was celebratory.Alison Grimes Will Have to Step It Up to Beat Mitch McConnell
November 30, 2013
The gay movement had a celebratory spirit, one of pride in self and pride in a community on the right side of history.The Gay-Rights Playbook: How to Fight Climate Change Now
July 10, 2013
- 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 celebratory
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.