bi·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce bicentennial (audio)
: a 200th anniversary or its celebration
bicentennial adjective

Examples of bicentennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More:West Point to open nearly 200-year-old time capsule that was forgotten There's also now recognition of Kościuszko, not just at West Point, but all over the world, including a monument in Detroit, a gift during America’s bicentennial. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2023 The county invites all residents to stay in touch about the bicentennial on the county’s website at BICENTENNIAL | Lorain County, OH ( Linda Gandee, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2023 The final section, set three years later during America’s bicentennial, traces a spate of fires alongside the rise of Alexander Oakes, a promising politician and a childhood friend of Carney’s wife. Gabriel Bump, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 In 1932, the educator Mary Church Terrell created a historical pageant about Wheatley’s life, as part of the bicentennial of Washington’s birth. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2023 That’s going to be a lot of birthday candles: Excitement has been building throughout 2023 as Lorain County plans for its bicentennial in 2024. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2023 The Florida Keys, Florida The 125-mile island chain at the southern tip of Florida is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 24 July 2023 Interest in the old flag began to rise around the time of the state’s bicentennial in 2020., 2 June 2023 John Pershing also received the honor after World War I, as did George Washington for the country's bicentennial in 1976. Erin Glynn, The Enquirer, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bicentennial was in 1848

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“Bicentennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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bi·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈten-ē-əl How to pronounce bicentennial (audio)
: relating to a 200th anniversary
bicentennial noun

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