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Blend of sub- +‎ celebrity


  • IPA(key): /sʌbˈlɛbɹɪti/
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sublebrity (plural sublebrities)

  1. (derogatory) A minor celebrity; someone famous for being famous.
    Synonym: C-lister
    Coordinate term: microcelebrity
    • 1998, SPIN, page 78:
      After the screening, a large crowd filled the street outside the theater, playing spot-the-sublebrity with some of the film's prime characters, including Nirvana photographer Alice Wheeler and Love's estranged (and notoriously unhinged) father.
    • 2012, Joan Collins, The World According to Joan, Hachette UK, →ISBN:
      I wonder how many of today's sublebrities will ever achieve that degree of longterm adulation?
    • 2012, Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today, Beacon Press, →ISBN:
      As I write this book, I have secured myself a place as a sublebrity in the pantheon of America's queer and postmodern subcultures.
    • 2018 January 15, Marina Hyde, “Britain’s ghastliest financial sublebrities – a who’s who”, in The Guardian[1]:
      But I could definitely consider a Shower List – a list of the biggest shower of horrors in any field at any given moment. First up, then: Britain’s Ghastliest Financial Sublebrities.