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A cause célèbre (/ /; French: [koz selɛbʁ], famous case, plural causes célèbres) is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and heated public debate. The term is particularly used in connection with celebrated legal cases. It is a French phrase in common English use, but is hardly used in modern French. The phrase originated with the 37-volume compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres, published in 1763.
See also 
- Landmark decision
- List of French words and phrases used by English speakers
- Media circus
- Missing white woman syndrome
- Cause Celeb, novel by Helen Fielding
- The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy; third edition, 2002.
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language; fourth edition, 2000.