Meaning of “cause célèbre” in the English Dictionary

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"cause célèbre" in British English

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cause célèbrenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɔːz selˈeb.rə/ us /ˌkɑːz selˈeb.rə/ plural causes célèbres /ˌkɔːz.selˈeb.rə/ /ˌkɑːz-/

an event, such as a famous legal trial, that attracts a lot of public attention

(Definition of “cause célèbre” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)