Definitions for cause celebreˈkɔz səˈlɛb; Fr. koʊz seɪˈlɛb rə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cause cé•lè•breˈkɔz səˈlɛb; Fr. koʊz seɪˈlɛb rə(n.)(pl.)causes cé•lè•bres

  1. any controversy that attracts great public attention.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of cause célèbre:

1755–65; < F: lit., famous case

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cause celebre(noun)

    an incident that attracts great public attention


  1. Cause célèbre

    A cause célèbre is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and heated public debate. The term is particularly used in connection with celebrated legal cases. It is a French phrase in common English use, but is hardly used in modern French. The phrase originated with the 37-volume compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres, published in 1763.


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