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English definition of “cause célèbre”

cause célèbre

noun [C] uk   /ˌkɔːz.selˈeb.rə/ us    /ˌkɑːz-/ (plural causes célèbres)
an event, such as a famous legal trial, that attracts a lot of public attentionForeign words and phrases used in EnglishTopics and areas of interest
(Definition of cause célèbre from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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