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Perhaps root cognate with clueo, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew-; alternatively (if the rare meaning of "swift, in rapid succession" is to be taken as primary) connected with celer (with Greek κέλλω from a root *kel-). Jackson An Etymological Dictionary of the Latin Language (1828:77).



celeber (feminine celebris, neuter celebre); third declension

  1. containing a multitude, numerous, frequent
  2. crowded, populous
  3. honored by a great assembly, famous, celebrated, renowned


Third declension, nominative masculine singular in -er, nominative neuter singular in -e.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative celeber celebris celebre celebrēs celebria
genitive celebris celebrium
dative celebrī celebribus
accusative celebrem celebre celebrēs celebria
ablative celebrī celebribus
vocative celeber celebris celebre celebrēs celebria



  • celeber in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • celeber in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • celeber in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette