American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who participates in a religious ceremony or rite.
- n. A person who officiates at a religious or civil ceremony or rite, especially a wedding.
- n. In some Christian churches, the cleric officiating at the celebration of the Eucharist.
- n. A participant in a celebration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who celebrates; specifically, in the Roman and Anglican churches, the chief officiating priest in offering mass or celebrating the eucharist, as distinguished from his assistants.
- n. A person who officiates at a religious ceremony, especially a marriage or the Eucharist.
- n. Australia, New Zealand A person who conducts formal ceremonies in the community, particularly weddings, baby namings, renewals of wedding vows and funerals.
- n. A person who is celebrating something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who performs a public religious rite; -- applied particularly to an officiating priest in the Roman Catholic Church, as distinguished from his assistants.
- n. a person who is celebrating
- n. an officiating priest celebrating the Eucharist
“The main celebrant was the new Apostolic Nuncio to Austria, who was assisted by Cardinal von Schönborn of Vienna and Bishop Kapellari of Graz.”
“A: The principal celebrant is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, dean of the College of Cardinals, who will deliver the homily.”
“Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, dean of the College of Cardinals and close confidant to the pope, was the main celebrant and delivered the homily in praise of John Paul.”
“In Lambaneish the word for whore was the same as the word for celebrant, meaning one who attends a festival or maybe presides over it.”
“But that distracts attention away to some little extent from the main celebrant.”
“We designed the ceremony, and the celebrant was the legal figure as we stood up before God, family and friends: Protestant ceremony structure, all readings from the Hebrew Bible, vows tweaked for equality.”
“The priest standing on the platform of the altar and celebrating Mass is called the celebrant; the one who stands just behind him, generally one step lower, is called the deacon, and the one who stands behind the deacon and on the lower step is called the subdeacon.”
“The persons who take part in a Solemn Mass or Vespers are named as follows: The priest who says or celebrates the Mass is called the celebrant; those who assist him as deacon and sub-deacon are called the ministers; those who serve are called acolytes, and the one who directs the ceremonies is called the master of ceremonies.”
“Next comes a prayer sung by the celebrant, which is followed by another lesson from Exodus 12, chanted by the subdeacon.”
“Once, she, I, and the celebrant were the only persons present on a stormy morning.”
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