[ suh-leb-ri-tee ]
/ səˈlɛb rɪ ti /

noun, plural ce·leb·ri·ties for 1.

a famous or well-known person.
fame; renown.

Origin of celebrity

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin celebritās multitude, fame, festal celebration, equivalent to celebr- (stem of celeber) often repeated, famous + -itās -ity
Related formsnon·ce·leb·ri·ty, noun, plural non·ce·leb·ri·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for celebrity


/ (sɪˈlɛbrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a famous persona show-business celebrity
fame or notoriety
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Word Origin and History for celebrity



late 14c., "solemn rite or ceremony," from Old French celebrité "celebration" or directly from Latin celibritatem (nominative celebritas) "multitude, fame," from celeber "frequented, populous" (see celebrate). Meaning "condition of being famous" is from c.1600; that of "famous person" is from 1849.

When the old gods withdraw, the empty thrones cry out for a successor, and with good management, or even without management, almost any perishable bag of bones may be hoisted into the vacant seat. [E.R. Dodds, "The Greeks and the Irrational"]
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