Definition of celebrity in US English:

celebrity

noun

  • 1A famous person.

    • ‘For years, young people have been inspired by celebrities like pop stars and footballers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when it comes to celebrity endorsements, Kerry seems to have the edge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because underneath it all, these stars and celebrities are just normal people.’
    • ‘When he was three, he fell down a well, was rescued, and became a local media celebrity.’
    • ‘Unicef has a tradition of working with celebrities, who promote their message all over the world.’
    • ‘Special guest will be well-known celebrity Fifi the Clown.’
    • ‘Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.’
    • ‘Elvis Presley has now been a dead celebrity longer than he was a living one.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why some celebrities change their name when fame beckons.’
    • ‘The star is one of many celebrities set to appear on the Wyvern Theatre's stage this spring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are these so-called models and celebrities really people we could look up to and learn from?’
    • ‘Other celebrities who turned out to show their support included actress June Whitfield.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 The state of being well known.
      ‘his prestige and celebrity grew’
      • ‘They have achieved celebrity, not true fame, as all people sound of mind will understand.’
      • ‘Anna claims to have been largely unaware of her father's celebrity until she was 12.’
      • ‘The real nub of the show is Madonna and our obsession with fame and celebrity.’
      • ‘During the course of the story Smith has a lot to say about the emptiness of celebrity and stardom and what it means.’
      • ‘The whole cult of celebrity is so boring but the snobbery is just as bad.’
      • ‘In this modern age of cynicism and celebrity the road from pariah to popularity is a short one.’
      • ‘That's often the price of fame and celebrity, and if you need proof, just ask Kieren Fallon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet for all his international celebrity, Paolozzi never lost touch with his roots.’
      • ‘As long as they were near a main road, they could achieve national celebrity.’
      • ‘Along the way the film manages to say a lot about the nature of class, celebrity and capitalism in America.’
      • ‘Shrewd and fiercely honest, Fanny scorned the cheapness of her newfound celebrity.’
      • ‘A savvy lawyer knows how to use a client's brand of celebrity to his advantage.’
      • ‘Such reticence, of course, is a cardinal sin in a media world that worships the gods of celebrity and fame.’
      • ‘I learnt young that if you wanted someone to give you something, celebrity worked wonders.’
      • ‘He did, of course, come with a family history and a degree of celebrity that meant he was already a public face.’
      • ‘Despite origins far more humble than his relatives, Sir Alec achieved international celebrity and staggering wealth.’
      • ‘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.’
      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/