Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is widely known and of great popular interest.
  • noun Fame or popular renown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of being celebrated; fame; renown; distinction: as, the celebrity of George Washington; the celebrity of Homer or of the Iliad.
  • noun A celebrated person or (very rarely) thing: as, a celebrity at the bar or in the church; what are the celebrities of this town?
  • noun Celebration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Celebration; solemnization.
  • noun The state or condition of being celebrated; fame; renown.
  • noun A person of distinction or renown; -- usually in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a widely known person
  • noun the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English celebrite, fame, from Old French, from Latin celebritās, from celeber, celebr-, famous.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French célébrité.

Examples

  • The term "celebrity memoir" has gotten such a bad name now, but there used to be a little bit of an art form to it.

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  • No one will care if a certain celebrity is pregnant or if someone is doing drugs.

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  • No one will care if a certain celebrity is pregnant or if someone is doing drugs.

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  • Now, even in the best of times Celebrity Jeopardy is pushing it with the use of the term celebrity, but I must admit to an impure thrill at the thought of Ari Fleischer's return to television.

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  • COOPER: Suzanne, you mentioned the term celebrity for Bo Derek and the bachelors.

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  • Despite sharing their name with the term celebrity journalists apply to anyone who's ever been in television or film, the band Stars has carved out a large following.

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  • Despite sharing their name with the term celebrity journalists apply to anyone who's ever been in television or film, the band

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  • But every once in a while there comes along someone far more deserving of the title celebrity, who just happens to get started on the Internet.

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  • I am a big fan when a celebrity is able to poke fun at themselves.

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  • But the shy aviator matters to "The Guest List" because his celebrity is a measure of "a Manhattan-centric culture's redirecting its admiration from wastrels like the Astors to the achieving parvenu."

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