Definition of “cause célèbre” - English Dictionary


“cause célèbre” in English

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cause célèbrenoun [ C ]

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

Examples from literature

  • He had transgressed the unwritten law of the English constitution that a person prominent in a cause célèbre belongs for the time being, not to himself, but to the nation at large. 
  • He put the question in a quiet, passionless tone, as if he were discussing some cause célèbre in which he had nothing more than a professional interest. 

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