• Celebrating Grandmother's Birthday
    Celebrating Grandmother's Birthday
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v celebrate assign great social importance to "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood","The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
    • v celebrate have a celebration "They were feting the patriarch of the family","After the exam, the students were celebrating"
    • v celebrate behave as expected during of holidays or rites "Keep the commandments","celebrate Christmas","Observe Yom Kippur"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another
    • Celebrate To extol or honor in a solemn manner; as, to celebrate the name of the Most High.
    • Celebrate To honor by solemn rites, by ceremonies of joy and respect, or by refraining from ordinary business; to observe duly; to keep; as, to celebrate a birthday. "From even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath."
    • Celebrate To perform or participate in, as a sacrament or solemn rite; to solemnize; to perform with appropriate rites; as, to celebrate a marriage. "We are called upon to commemorate a revolution as surprising in its manner as happy in its consequences.""Earth, water, air, and fire, with feeling glee,
      Exult to celebrate thy festival."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ukrainian people celebrate Christmas on January 7th, which is the Orthodox Christmas Day
    • celebrate To make known, especially with honor or praise; extol; glorify.
    • celebrate To commemorate or honor with demonstrations of joy, sorrow, respect, etc.: as, to celebrate a birthday or other anniversary; to celebrate a victory.
    • celebrate To perform solemnly or with appropriate rites and ceremonies: as to celebrate mass; to celebrate a marriage or a public funeral.
    • celebrate To laud, magnify, glorify.2, 3. Keep, Observe, Solemnize, Celebrate, Commemorate. Keep is an idiomatic word for observe: as, to keep the Sabbath; to keep Lent or feast-days. To observe is to pay regard to, in a reverent and especially a religious way. (See observance.) We speak of observing the Sabbath, of observing the wishes of one's father. To solemnize is to celebrate religiously. To celebrate is to mark, distinguish, or perform with joy and honor: as, to celebrate an anniversary; to celebrate a marriage. To commemorate is to keep in memory public and solemn acts: as, to commemorate the resurrection by observing Easter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first American celebration of St. Patricks Day was at Boston in 1737
    • v.t Celebrate sel′e-brāt to make famous: to distinguish by solemn ceremonies, as a festival or an event: to perform with proper rites and ceremonies, as mass, the eucharist, marriage, &c.: to publish the praises of
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  • John Cusack
    John Cusack
    “Celebrity is death --- celebrity -- that's the worst thing that can happen to an actor.”
  • Daniel Day Lewis
    Daniel Day Lewis
    “The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.”
  • Swahili Warrior Song
    Swahili Warrior Song
    “Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.”
  • Mark Twain
    “If they had not landed there would be some reason for celebrating the fact.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. celebratus, p. p. of celebrare, to frequent, to celebrate, fr. celeber, famous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. celebrāre, -ātumceleber, frequented.


In literature:

From the celebrated painting by Senor A. Gisbert.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Their nuptials were to be celebrated with great magnificence.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
We can see our neighbor's son celebrating his wedding!
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
By a daughter of the celebrated Lord Erskine, formerly Lord High Chancellor of England.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
Between Grado and Aquileia is a little island with a celebrated church, S. Maria di Barbana.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The wedding was at length celebrated, in one of the cities of Macedon, with great pomp and splendor.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
To celebrate the event, too, he built two temples to Minerva instead of one.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
The Tenth Elegy, "To Fortune, suggesting his Motive for repining at her Dispensations," with his celebrated "Pastoral Ballad, in four parts.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Letters were read from celebrated people in most of the countries of Europe and all parts of America.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The lesser celebrities of later times call to us as we pass.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury

In poetry:

It is not seemly to be famous:
Celebrity does not exalt;
There is no need to hoard your writings
And to preserve them in a vault.
"It is not seemly to be famous..." by Boris Pasternak
Let honest riches celebrate
The harvest earned--I'd not deny it;
Yet am I pleased with my estate,
My humble home, my frugal diet.
"Horace I, 31." by Eugene Field
Sweet stars of evening! as ye shine
Serenely from yon temple high,
O join your songs of praise with mine,
To celebrate the Deity!
"Evening Hymn" by John Bowring
Tortures grow out of proportion
Fear and dismay - even greater;
What if continues His celebration
In the theater of the Creator.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Oh do not die, for I shall hate
All women so, when thou art gone,
That thee I shall not celebrate,
When I remember, thou wast one.
"A Fever" by John Donne
This feeling should predominate ;—
To pay our homage reverently,
And, with one will and purpose, celebrate
John Bright's centenary.
"John Bright" by William Baron

In news:

It is the drink of celebration and it celebrates life.
Celebrity ownership can sometimes help sell a home, but what about former celebrity ownership.
A Sept 19 celebration is planned to mark the Sandwich Hatchery 's 100th Anniversary Celebration.
HARVEST, Alabama – The joyful celebration of Diwali begins Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012, at sundown for Hindus around the world – and in the Tennessee Valley, where it will be celebrated at the Hindu temple this week.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Palliative Care hosted its annual Light Up A Life celebration last week, inviting families and friends to gather to celebrate the lives and memories of their loved ones.
Over the weekend of April 7-10, Arena Stage will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Allen Lee Hughes Fellows Program with an alumni homecoming celebration.
Reporters tend to meet more celebrities than most people, and I have met more celebrities than most reporters.
Julia Child was a celebrity chef before there was such a thing, and she would have celebrated her 100th birthday this month.
While you're celebrating the season shopping for gifts, decorating your home and hosting festive parties, are thieves having their own celebration with your credit card and identity without you knowing it.
The Dancing With the Stars alum celebrated her recent engagement to boyfriend Tye Strickland with an impromptu celebration at a local Dallas restaurant, RadarOnline.com has learned.
For some countries, to celebrate Independence Day is to celebrate a triumph or victory, and for their people, a happiness to celebrate the peace because it built the pillars of their country and independence from another country.
For some countries, to celebrate Independence Day is to celebrate a triumph or victory, and for their people, a happiness to celebrate the peace because it built the pillars of their country and.
Dorothy Mann , celebrated as The Daily World's "Citizen Of The Year" years ago here on the Harbor, was also celebrated when she turned 100.
On October 18, 2012, Mrs Henrietta Elizabeth Henderson Manson celebrated another birthday-this birthday marked the celebration of 10 decades of living.
To celebrate and listen to great Mariachi music to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

In science:

Starting from the papers by Ferguson (1973) and Freedman (1963), in which the celebrated Dirichlet process has been introduced, various approaches for constructing random probability measures, whose distribution acts as a nonparametric prior, have been undertaken.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
This case has been treated extensively in the celebrated paper of Chung, Graham and Wilson from 1989 , where they formulated several equivalent conditions for weak pseudo-randomness.
Pseudo-random graphs
A condition of a very different type, related to the celebrated Szemer´edi Regularity Lemma has been added to the above list by Simonovits and S´os in .
Pseudo-random graphs
Now we describe the celebrated expander graphs constructed by Lubotzky, Phillips and Sarnak and independently by Margulis .
Pseudo-random graphs
To show that G contains a perfect matching we apply the celebrated Tutte’s condition.
Pseudo-random graphs