Definition of celebration in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of celebrating an important day or event.

    ‘the birth of his son was a cause for celebration’
    • ‘I take the mandolin from the wall and do a few strums in joyous celebration.’
    • ‘For them celebration of her achievement is always mingled with recollections of their loss.’
    • ‘It therefore has no need of state sanctioned blessing, or indeed of any public form of celebration.’
    • ‘Today is a proud day in our history, one which is cause for considerable celebration.’
    • ‘Sooner or later the rain looked like it was about to clear so we had to have another pint in celebration.’
    • ‘It was a time of great sadness for her family, but also one of celebration.’
    • ‘It is a complete canvas of what is happening in the community and a kind of celebration of it.’
    • ‘It seems the smaller the town the bigger the pride and the more the events of celebration.’
    • ‘This promises to be a night of fun and celebration where an excellent year will be reviewed.’
    • ‘As the new Archbishop of York left the ceremony, the bells of the Minster rang out in celebration.’
    • ‘I know it is only my first session but the fact that I am doing it is a cause for celebration.’
    • ‘At first sight, this month's trade data do not seem a cause for celebration.’
    • ‘We were simply there to paint the town red by way of celebration for Stuart's birthday.’
    • ‘Bradford is gearing up to paint the town red in celebration of Comic Relief.’
    • ‘Last week there were no signs of celebration, with the families refusing to come out of their houses.’
    • ‘Max Hastings's gripping book ought to be a tale of triumph, liberation and celebration.’
    • ‘I have no idea what to do to celebrate, or even if celebration is appropriate.’
    • ‘It's the final morning and so in celebration we order the full Irish Breakfast from the comfort of our bed.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that on my birthday I take a slower, gentler approach to celebration.’
    • ‘Last weekend was a weekend of celebration as a number of people made the headlines.’
    commemoration, observance, honouring, salute to, marking, keeping
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    1. 1.1count noun A social gathering or enjoyable activity held to celebrate something.
      ‘a birthday celebration’
      • ‘Monica must have dreaded her son would be an absent guest at her 80th celebrations.’
      • ‘So organizers planned a gala birthday celebration fitting for the occasion.’
      • ‘A few blocks away, Arroyo led a festive Independence Day celebration attended by a few hundred people.’
      • ‘After eggs are dyed the first one is always kept until the next year's celebration.’
      • ‘Art and a gala are among the celebrations planned to mark the closing of a Victorian hospital.’
      • ‘We know what 18th birthday celebrations are like, whether on the town or in houses.’
      • ‘There will be no birthday parties or celebrations, except perhaps with some close friends.’
      • ‘About a month ago, my husband and I received an invitation to attend her big 50th wedding anniversary celebration.’
      • ‘Ann Crowley is in charge of organising the centenary celebrations.’
      • ‘The awards night was a bit of a blur so this was my proper celebration.’
      • ‘All are very welcome to this celebration which will be an historic day in the life of the parish.’
      • ‘Blockley villagers will be holding their traditional May Day celebrations on Monday.’
      • ‘Then on Sunday a huge crowd attended his belated 25th birthday celebrations in The Saratoga.’
      • ‘All of the main Jubilee celebrations in the city will centre on the Commonwealth Games.’
      • ‘We decided to visit York to join in the celebrations for the Guy Fawkes Festival and to do some shopping.’
      • ‘To celebrate the milestone a series of celebrations are being planned across the south west.’
      • ‘A number of wedding golden jubilee celebrations took place throughout the locality during the past week.’
      • ‘Her brother and other members of the family were flying in from America for the celebrations.’
      • ‘Her nephew Bill Redmond and family travelled from Milton Keynes for the celebrations.’
      • ‘After work we I had my birthday celebration in a Brick Lane curry house with my friends.’
      party, function, gathering, event, affair, occasion, festivities, festival, fete, carnival, gala, jamboree
      jollification, merrymaking, carousing, carousal, revelry, revels, enjoying oneself, partying, parties, festivity, festivities
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Early 16th century: from Latin celebratio(n-), from the verb celebrare (see celebrate).