Definition of celebrant in English:



  • 1A person who performs a rite, especially a priest at the Eucharist.

    • ‘In June 2005, it became legal for a humanist celebrant to perform marriages.’
    • ‘A couple of liberal Wellington ministers have announced their intention to become civil union celebrants and make their churches available.’
    • ‘The ceremony is an evening one, and will commence with the procession around the Island, reciting the Rosary, and ending with Mass in the Church, and the celebrant will be Bishop Eamon Walsh.’
    • ‘The organist often crackled or whined the Gregorian-chant hymns and the celebrant often hummed, mumbled, or whispered the Latin prayers.’
    • ‘The celebrant was local priest Fr. Gerry Chestnutt with the reception taking place afterwards in the Granville Hotel.’
    • ‘Moreover, there was a significant turn away from religious weddings to marriages performed by civil celebrants.’
    • ‘Thirdly, marriage celebrants are not required to perform civil union ceremonies.’
    • ‘The closest thing that we in the West have to these performances is probably an evangelical church service in which the celebrant, the congregation, and the musicians all take part.’
    • ‘During a recent Mass at a retreat for young adults, the celebrant invited the participants to state their prayer intentions.’
    • ‘Beautiful gothic style church was full to witness the special and different customs performed by the church celebrant.’
    • ‘On Sunday, for example, the celebrant would read the biblical story of the resurrection of the Lord.’
    • ‘The celebrant was the parish priest, Fr. Laurence Cullen.’
    • ‘Marriage may be conducted by a celebrant, a Church priest, or a vicar.’
    • ‘The training of celebrants for conducting contemporary rites of passage will continue under the direction of Sue Gill - John's wife and creative partner - and Gilly Adams at their summer schools.’
    • ‘I sat back bewildered, focusing somehow on the bare toes and the edges of sandal straps visible beneath the celebrant's cassock.’
    • ‘In recent years, the number of marriages performed by civil celebrants, or in registry offices is just on 50%.’
    • ‘On the way out of the church, I stopped and told the celebrant that it was the best sermon I had ever heard in my life.’
    • ‘Chief celebrant was new Parish Priest Fr. Dan Bollard, assisted by Fr. Farrell and Fr. Purcell.’
    • ‘She's the resident celebrant who marks the rites of passage for the community, according to their wishes and to their chosen, often eclectic, spiritual beliefs.’
    • ‘It seems that all celebrants came from the same place, wearing the same white albs, the same colored stoles, and performed almost the same gestures.’
  • 2North American A person who celebrates something.

    • ‘Afterwards, everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and all the celebrants blew out the birthday candles.’
    • ‘Indeed, in some places celebrants had built towers around which to celebrate Lammas, and these linked to Silbury Hill.’
    • ‘He then joins in the dancing with the other celebrants as the ark is carried into the city.’
    • ‘Eating noodles at birthdays has become a tradition, in the hope that the birthday celebrant will have a long life.’
    • ‘This is not true of the birthday celebrant trying to wrestle a towering gift basket, swathed in a yellow bow that's bigger than she is, into the back of her SUV.’
    • ‘Here's a photo of Lulu, the other birthday celebrant.’
    • ‘On the twenty-first birthday, it is usual to present the celebrant with a symbolic silver key to adulthood.’
    • ‘On the eve of Washington's birthday, the celebrants adhered to the principles of the former president's Farewell Address.’


Mid 19th century: from French célébrant or Latin celebrant- ‘celebrating’, from the verb celebrare (see celebrate).