cause célèbrenoun [ C ]uk /ˌkɔːz selˈeb.rə/ us /ˌkɑːz selˈeb.rə/ plural causes célèbres /ˌkɔːz.selˈeb.rə/ /ˌkɑːz-/
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- 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.