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centenary

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noun cen·te·na·ry \sen-ˈte-nə-rē, ˈsen-tə-ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē, especially British sen-ˈtē-nə-rē\

Definition of centenary

plural

centenaries

centenary

adjective


Examples of centenary in a sentence

  1. This year marks the centenary of the building's construction.



Did You Know?

A centenary, like its cousin centennial, is an anniversary. Thus, the year 2013 may mark the centenary of a town's founding, and the year-long calendar of public events that the town sponsors for the occasion—that is, the celebration of the anniversary—can also be called a centenary. Individuals have their own centenaries, which usually celebrate their births; thus, Gerald Ford's centenary will occur in 2013, and John Kennedy's in 2017. And if you live long enough to be a centenarian, you'll be around to join the celebrations.

Origin and Etymology of centenary

Late Latin centenarium, from Latin centenarius of a hundred, from centeni one hundred each, from centum hundred — more at hundred


First Known Use: 1788


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