Celebration vs. Celebratory - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Celebration (noun)

    The formal performance of a solemn rite, such as Christian sacrament.

  • Celebration (noun)

    The observance of a holiday or feast day, as by solemnities.

  • Celebration (noun)

    The act, process of showing appreciation, gratitude and/or remembrance, notably as a social event.

  • Celebration (noun)

    A social gathering for entertainment and fun; a party.

  • Celebratory (adjective)

    In the manner of, or forming part of, a celebration.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Celebration (noun)

    the action of celebrating an important day or event

    "the birth of his son was a cause for celebration"

  • Celebration (noun)

    a social gathering or enjoyable activity held to celebrate something

    "a birthday celebration"

  • Celebratory (adjective)

    used or intended to publicly acknowledge a significant or happy day or event

    "the guest of honour at a celebratory dinner"

    "several celebratory birthday champagnes"

  • Celebratory (adjective)

    feeling or expressing happiness and pride

    "the scowl was replaced by celebratory smiles for the seven-time series champion"

    "the impending anniversary has the restaurant in a celebratory mood"

Webster Dictionary

  • Celebration (noun)

    The act, process, or time of celebrating.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Celebration (noun)

    a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

  • Celebration (noun)

    any joyous diversion

  • Celebration (noun)

    the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual;

    "the celebration of marriage"

  • Celebratory (adjective)

    used for celebrating

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