Definition of cause célèbre noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

cause célèbre

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌkɔz səˈlɛb//
 
, NAmE//ˌkɔzsəˈlɛbrə//
 
(from French)(pl. causes célèbres
NAmE//ˌkɔz səˈlɛb//
 
, NAmE//ˌkɔzsəˈlɛbrə//
 
)
 
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an issue that attracts a lot of attention and is supported by a lot of people
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cause célèbre