Definition of celebrity in English:

celebrity

nounPlural celebrities

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

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