Borrowing from French cause (“cause, case”) + célèbre (“famous”), in the title of a famous 18-century compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres.
- (French) IPA: /koz se.lɛbʁ/
- (UK) IPA: /kɔːz sɛˈlɛbɹ(ə)/
- (US) IPA: /kɔz sɛˈlɛb/
cause célèbre (plural causes célèbres)
- An issue or incident (originally, a legal case) arousing widespread controversy or public debate.
an issue or incident arousing heated public debate