bi·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce bicentennial (audio) \

Definition of bicentennial

: a 200th anniversary or its celebration

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Recent Examples on the Web In early November, the three-story brick-walled tavern, which had been damaged by fire in 1834, then demolished and rebuilt in 1976 for the nation’s bicentennial, fell victim to the pandemic. New York Times, "The Restaurants We’ve Lost," 28 Dec. 2020 Another success came during the bicentennial in 1976, when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visited the White House of Gerald R. Ford. Washington Post, "Henry Haller, longest-serving White House executive chef, dies at 97," 19 Dec. 2020 In 2020, which marks the bicentennial of the story’s original publishing, the schedule is drastically scaled back. National Geographic, "The twisted transatlantic tale of American jack-o’-lanterns," 27 Oct. 2020 The National Park Service, which owns the property, opened City Tavern in 1976 to coincide with the bicentennial. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "NYC lessons, Harding centennial, canceled parades: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2020 Its final unveiling was on Flag Day in June 1976, for the country's bicentennial. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "10 cool facts about the legendary Hudson's store in downtown Detroit," 23 Oct. 2020 In 1987, the bell was displayed at the New Orleans Museum of Art for an exhibit honoring the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Blake Pontchartrain,, "Blake Pontchartrain: The story of New Orleans' own Liberty Bell," 14 Sep. 2020 The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland has recently published a catalog, Maine and American Art, that plumbs themes of identity and place through works in its collection, timed to coincide with the state’s bicentennial. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, "Maine’s Sublime Canvas of Contradictions," 12 Sep. 2020 During the welcome ceremony, President George W. Bush mistakenly said the Queen helped American celebrate their bicentennial in 1776, not 1996. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Queen Elizabeth’s 11 Best Witty One-Liners," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bicentennial

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bicentennial was in 1848

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17 Jan 2021

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“Bicentennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bicentennial

US : a 200th anniversary or its celebration

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