What does cause célèbre mean?

Definitions for cause célèbreˈkɔz səˈlɛb; Fr. koʊz seɪˈlɛb rə

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cause célèbre in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cause célèbre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    In retrospect, this didn't turn out to be convenient at all and I regret that this has become such a cause celebre. But that does not change the facts, the facts are stubborn -- what I did was legally permitted.

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