Definition of celebrity in English:

celebrity

noun

  • 1A famous person, especially in entertainment or sport.

    ‘he became a sporting celebrity’
    as modifier ‘a celebrity chef’
    • ‘When he was three, he fell down a well, was rescued, and became a local media celebrity.’
    • ‘Special guest will be well-known celebrity Fifi the Clown.’
    • ‘And when it comes to celebrity endorsements, Kerry seems to have the edge.’
    • ‘Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.’
    • ‘In each round, they were asked questions by a local television celebrity.’
    • ‘A huge party is being planned for the launch and a host of A-list celebrities are expected.’
    • ‘I got into the role and became a minor celebrity.’
    • ‘Those questioned were asked to pick their most inspiring celebrities from a list of names.’
    • ‘You'll spot some local celebrities here, since it's one of the places to be seen these days.’
    • ‘The star is one of many celebrities set to appear on the Wyvern Theatre's stage this spring.’
    • ‘For years, young people have been inspired by celebrities like pop stars and footballers.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why some celebrities change their name when fame beckons.’
    • ‘Other celebrities who turned out to show their support included actress June Whitfield.’
    • ‘Their activities have involved local celebrities, the Mayor and even an author.’
    • ‘Are these so-called models and celebrities really people we could look up to and learn from?’
    • ‘Elvis Presley has now been a dead celebrity longer than he was a living one.’
    • ‘Because underneath it all, these stars and celebrities are just normal people.’
    • ‘The pictures were collected after the staff wrote to a number of celebrities asking for donations.’
    • ‘Unicef has a tradition of working with celebrities, who promote their message all over the world.’
    • ‘The Caribbean is packed with rock stars, models and other celebrities over Christmas.’
    famous person, vip, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, giant, great, master, guru
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    1. 1.1mass noun The state of being well known.
      ‘his prestige and celebrity grew’
      • ‘Despite origins far more humble than his relatives, Sir Alec achieved international celebrity and staggering wealth.’
      • ‘In this modern age of cynicism and celebrity the road from pariah to popularity is a short one.’
      • ‘They have achieved celebrity, not true fame, as all people sound of mind will understand.’
      • ‘Shrewd and fiercely honest, Fanny scorned the cheapness of her newfound celebrity.’
      • ‘However, the chief appeal of celebrity is neither money nor luxury but recognition.’
      • ‘His second career was in journalism, a field in which he achieved overnight celebrity as a war correspondent.’
      • ‘During the course of the story Smith has a lot to say about the emptiness of celebrity and stardom and what it means.’
      • ‘I learnt young that if you wanted someone to give you something, celebrity worked wonders.’
      • ‘Such reticence, of course, is a cardinal sin in a media world that worships the gods of celebrity and fame.’
      • ‘Along the way the film manages to say a lot about the nature of class, celebrity and capitalism in America.’
      • ‘Yet for all his international celebrity, Paolozzi never lost touch with his roots.’
      • ‘The whole cult of celebrity is so boring but the snobbery is just as bad.’
      • ‘A savvy lawyer knows how to use a client's brand of celebrity to his advantage.’
      • ‘As long as they were near a main road, they could achieve national celebrity.’
      • ‘The real nub of the show is Madonna and our obsession with fame and celebrity.’
      • ‘That's often the price of fame and celebrity, and if you need proof, just ask Kieren Fallon.’
      • ‘I seem to recall a criticism from an earlier age about the cult of celebrity.’
      • ‘There will be a feature film of Flanimals, but not yet: that would be trading on celebrity.’
      • ‘He did, of course, come with a family history and a degree of celebrity that meant he was already a public face.’
      • ‘Anna claims to have been largely unaware of her father's celebrity until she was 12.’
      fame, prominence, renown, eminence, pre-eminence, importance, stardom, popularity, distinction, greatness, note, notability, prestige, stature, standing, position, rank, repute, reputation, illustriousness, glory, acclaim, influence, account, consequence, visibility
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘solemn ceremony’): from Old French celebrite or Latin celebritas, from celeber, celebr- ‘frequented or honoured’.

Pronunciation

celebrity

/sɪˈlɛbrɪti/