A celebrity is a very famous person. If you single-handedly save an entire family from a burning building, you'll become a local celebrity.

Celebrity comes directly from the Latin celebritatum, meaning famous, and is related to the verb celebrate which means to honor something with the proper ritual. We usually use celebrity now when we talk about entertainment stars, but someone doesn't have to be on the supermarket tabloids to be a celebrity. Celebrity can also be used to mean the state of fame. If you are seeking celebrity, develop a thick skin for nasty rumors.

Definitions of celebrity

n the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

fame, renown
infamy, opprobrium
a state of extreme dishonor
Type of:
honor, honour, laurels
the state of being honored

n a widely known person

“he was a baseball celebrity
famous person
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a person (such as an author) of enduring fame
lion, social lion
a celebrity who is lionized (much sought after)
guiding light, leading light, luminary, notability, notable
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
a person of considerable prominence
a celebrity who receives much acclaim and attention
Type of:
important person, influential person, personage
a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events

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