Definition of celebrity in English:

celebrity

noun

  • 1A famous person.

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

Pronunciation

celebrity

/səˈlɛbrədi//səˈlebrədē/