Definition of celebration in English:

celebration

noun

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

    ‘the birth of his son was a cause for celebration’
    • ‘I have no idea what to do to celebrate, or even if celebration is appropriate.’
    • ‘Last week there were no signs of celebration, with the families refusing to come out of their houses.’
    • ‘As the new Archbishop of York left the ceremony, the bells of the Minster rang out in celebration.’
    • ‘Last weekend was a weekend of celebration as a number of people made the headlines.’
    • ‘It is a complete canvas of what is happening in the community and a kind of celebration of it.’
    • ‘We were simply there to paint the town red by way of celebration for Stuart's birthday.’
    • ‘For them celebration of her achievement is always mingled with recollections of their loss.’
    • ‘Bradford is gearing up to paint the town red in celebration of Comic Relief.’
    • ‘I take the mandolin from the wall and do a few strums in joyous celebration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a time of great sadness for her family, but also one of celebration.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that on my birthday I take a slower, gentler approach to celebration.’
    • ‘Max Hastings's gripping book ought to be a tale of triumph, liberation and celebration.’
    • ‘It's the final morning and so in celebration we order the full Irish Breakfast from the comfort of our bed.’
    • ‘Sooner or later the rain looked like it was about to clear so we had to have another pint in celebration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    commemoration, observance, honouring, salute to, marking, keeping
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A social gathering or enjoyable activity held to celebrate something.
      ‘a birthday celebration’
      • ‘Blockley villagers will be holding their traditional May Day celebrations on Monday.’
      • ‘Her brother and other members of the family were flying in from America for the celebrations.’
      • ‘Art and a gala are among the celebrations planned to mark the closing of a Victorian hospital.’
      • ‘Then on Sunday a huge crowd attended his belated 25th birthday celebrations in The Saratoga.’
      • ‘A few blocks away, Arroyo led a festive Independence Day celebration attended by a few hundred people.’
      • ‘After work we I had my birthday celebration in a Brick Lane curry house with my friends.’
      • ‘There will be no birthday parties or celebrations, except perhaps with some close friends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We know what 18th birthday celebrations are like, whether on the town or in houses.’
      • ‘Ann Crowley is in charge of organising the centenary celebrations.’
      • ‘All of the main Jubilee celebrations in the city will centre on the Commonwealth Games.’
      • ‘About a month ago, my husband and I received an invitation to attend her big 50th wedding anniversary celebration.’
      • ‘To celebrate the milestone a series of celebrations are being planned across the south west.’
      • ‘Her nephew Bill Redmond and family travelled from Milton Keynes for the celebrations.’
      • ‘After eggs are dyed the first one is always kept until the next year's celebration.’
      • ‘All are very welcome to this celebration which will be an historic day in the life of the parish.’
      • ‘The awards night was a bit of a blur so this was my proper celebration.’
      • ‘A number of wedding golden jubilee celebrations took place throughout the locality during the past week.’
      • ‘We decided to visit York to join in the celebrations for the Guy Fawkes Festival and to do some shopping.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin celebratio(n-), from the verb celebrare (see celebrate).

Pronunciation:

celebration

/sɛlɪˈbreɪʃ(ə)n/