Definition of celebrity in English:
noun (plural celebrities)
- Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.
- Because underneath it all, these stars and celebrities are just normal people.
- It is easy to see why some celebrities change their name when fame beckons.
- They have achieved celebrity, not true fame, as all people sound of mind will understand.
- As long as they were near a main road, they could achieve national celebrity.
- Such reticence, of course, is a cardinal sin in a media world that worships the gods of celebrity and fame.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'solemn ceremony'): from Old French celebrite or Latin celebritas, from celeber, celebr- 'frequented or honoured'.
A celebrity was originally a solemn ceremony, although the Latin source of celebrity and celebrate, from the same period and originally meaning to perform a public religious ceremony, is closer to our modern sense. It comes from Latin celebritas, from celeber ‘frequented or honoured’.
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