n. pl. ce·leb·ri·ties
1. One who is widely known and of great popular interest.
2. Fame or popular renown.
[Middle English celebrite, fame, from Old French, from Latin celebritās, from celeber, celebr-, famous.]
Synonyms: celebrity, hero, luminary, name, notable, personage
These nouns refer to a widely known person: a social celebrity; the heroes of science; a theatrical luminary; a big name in sports; a notable of the concert stage; a personage in the field of philosophy.
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