bi·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈte-nē-əl \

Definition of bicentennial 

: a 200th anniversary or its celebration

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The bicentennial in 1976 tapped into latent patriotism and led to a new wave of preservation and protection. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 May 5 marks the bicentennial of Karl Marx, who set the stage with his philosophy for the greatest ideological massacres in history. Paul Kengor, WSJ, "Marx’s Apologists Should Be Red in the Face," 3 May 2018 The wood was salvaged from a European copper beech tree that was brought to America in 1820 to honor the bicentennial of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock. Chris R. Vaccaro, New York Times, "The Return of the Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma," 5 July 2018 Organizers of the parade wanted to pay homage to Illinois’ bicentennial that recognizes the year Illinois became a state in 1818, Darch said. Todd Shields,, "Days-long Fourth of July Fest turns holiday into community affair for Barrington," 2 July 2018 Cheviot's bicentennial is the theme of this year's Harvest Home Fair. Justin Reutter,, "Ewe won't believe how Cheviot is celebrating its baaah-centennial," 12 July 2018 In 1976, the commemoration of the United States’ bicentennial shared anew the patriotic story of the nation’s founding. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 Day's End Rosé Spirit Knob Winery Ursa, 2211 E. 640th Place Rosé is the official wine of Illinois' bicentennial, and this winery with panoramic views of the Mississippi River Valley happens to make a lovely one. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Dressing to the nines came easy for the over 500 guests who turned out at Jazz! at Lincoln Center last night in honor of Brooks Brothers’ bicentennial blow out. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Brooks Brothers Rings In 200 Years With a Jazz-Filled Celebration," 26 Apr. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bicentennial

: a 200th anniversary or its celebration

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