subcelebrity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sub- +‎ celebrity

Noun[edit]

subcelebrity (countable and uncountable, plural subcelebrities)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being somewhat known but not enough to be considered truly famous.
    • 1908, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, "The Torch", Out West, August 1908:
      Himself almost unknown, Gay yet held a curious subcelebrity with not a few men who had won distinction in widely diverging lines.
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  2. (countable) A person who is somewhat known but not famous enough to be considered a true celebrity.
    • 1912, Beth Harbison, When in Doubt, Add Butter, St. Martin's Press (2012), ISBN 9780312599096, page 62:
      So Angela was relegated to the netherworld of D.C. subcelebrities — not quite interesting enough to be famous but just famous enough to be interesting.
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