cause célèbre

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From French cause (cause, case) + célèbre (famous), in the title of a 18th-century compilation of famous legal cases, Causes célèbres.[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɔːz sɛˈlɛbɹ(ə)/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɔz səˈlɛb/, /-ˈlɛbɹə/, sometimes /-ˈlɛbɹeɪ/
  • (like French) IPA(key): /koʊz seɪ.lɛbɹ(ə)/


cause célèbre (plural causes célèbres)

  1. (chiefly UK) An issue or incident (originally, a legal case) arousing widespread controversy or public debate.
    • 2021 February 15, Jack Nicas, “Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      Getting iced out by the tech giants turned Parler into a cause célèbre for conservatives who complained they were being censored, as well as a test case for the openness of the internet.



  1. ^ Nicolas-Toussaint Des Essarts, editor (1773–1789) Causes célèbres[1]

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