Meaning of “celebrity” in the English Dictionary

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"celebrity" in British English

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uk /səˈleb.rə.ti/ us /səˈleb.rə.t̬i/

B1 [ C ] someone who is famous, especially in the entertainment business

[ U ] the state of being famous


  • Being recognized in the street is part and parcel of being a celebrity.
  • The success of her book has given her unexpected celebrity status.
  • The celebrity guests turned up dressed in sumptuous evening gowns.
  • She loves to read about the lives of celebrities.

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

"celebrity" in American English

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celebritynoun [ C ]

us /səˈleb·rɪ·t̬i/ short form celeb, /səˈleb/

someone who is famous, esp. in the entertainment business:

Hollywood celebrities turned up at Laguna Beach.

(Definition of “celebrity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)