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



    BrE BrE//səˈlebrəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlebrəti//
    (pl. celebrities) Celebrity news
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  1. 1(informal celeb, informal sleb) [countable] a famous person TV celebrities See related entries: Celebrity news
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of being famous synonym fame Does he find his new celebrity intruding on his private life? See related entries: Celebrity news
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘solemn ceremony’): from Old French celebrite or Latin celebritas, from celeber, celebr- ‘frequented or honoured’.Extra examples He became a minor celebrity among Manhattan’s cultural élite. He became something of a celebrity in his home town. The show’s success made her an overnight celebrity. Tonight’s show features a host of celebrities. Does she find her new celebrity intruding on her private life? He briefly achieved celebrity as a radical politician. It’s his dream to become a celebrity chef. She was the first TV celebrity he had met in the flesh. The diary charts her path from obscurity to international celebrity.
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