Definition of celebration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌselɪˈbreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌselɪˈbreɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] a special event that people organize in order to celebrate something birthday/wedding celebrations
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable] the act of celebrating something Her triumph was a cause for celebration. a party in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary The service was a celebration of his life (= praised what he had done in his life).
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin celebratio(n-), from the verb celebrare, from celeber, celebr- ‘frequented or honoured’.Extra examples 50th anniversary celebrations I hope you’ll join in the Christmas celebrations. Poor weather prevented the official celebrations from taking place. The victory was a cause for great celebration. There were wild street celebrations when England won the Cup. They held a celebration to mark forty years of the lifeboat service. They held a special celebration in his honour. They organized a dinner in celebration of the year’s successes. a double birthday celebration a joyous celebration of life The celebrations continued with a cabaret dinner. The service was a celebration of his life. The villagers are so delighted they’re holding a celebration to mark the best harvest in years. They are already preparing for his 80th birthday celebrations in October.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: celebration