bi·​cen·​te·​na·​ry ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈte-nə-rē How to pronounce bicentenary (audio)
bicentenary adjective

Examples of bicentenary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bolcom was one of an international array of composers commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, in Austria, to mark the 2009 bicentenary of Joseph Haydn’s death. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 July 2023 In Egypt, the bicentenary is both prompting celebrations and sparking calls for Britain to return the stone. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022 During the ceremony, held on Peru's bicentenary of independence from Spain, the leftist leader vowed broad changes to fight corruption and monopolies, and to increase spending on education and health. Harold Maass, The Week, 29 July 2021 Activists and politicians in France’s formerly colonized overseas territories objected to celebrations of the bicentenary. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 In 2005 Jacques Chirac, a Gaullist predecessor at the Elysée Palace, refused—amid protests at the time—to commemorate the bicentenary of Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz. The Economist, 6 Mar. 2021 Now, ahead of the bicentenary of his death on May 5th 1821, those rival passions have been revived. The Economist, 6 Mar. 2021 This ensured that his tomb became a site of pilgrimage, where the great and the good would come to pay their respects—including the prince of Wales, who laid a wreath on Dickens’ grave in 2012, to mark the bicentenary of his birth. Leon Litvack, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2020 The nursing pioneer’s original lantern is among 200 objects set to go on view at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London as part of a new exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of her birth. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bicentenary was in 1872

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“Bicentenary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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bi·​cen·​te·​na·​ry ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈten-ə-rē How to pronounce bicentenary (audio)
bicentenary noun

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