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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from bicentennial

bicentennial adjective

Examples of bicentennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Aurora, Indiana celebrates its bicentennial this year. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Is the Victory Bell Bowl still a rivalry? UC has dominated Miami.," 12 Sep. 2019 Fifty-five years ago, in 1964 Westminster celebrated its bicentennial. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Westminster had electricity, and a yellow light, in 1964 but much has changed since," 7 Sep. 2019 The governor spoke to reporters this morning after a ceremony about the state’s bicentennial at the Archives and History building in Montgomery. Mike Cason |, al, "Gov. Kay Ivey says ‘Heavens no,’ she won’t resign over 1967 blackface skit," 3 Sep. 2019 May there be a bracing aroma of brine in the air in honor of your bicentennial, Mr. Melville. Colin Fleming, Washington Post, "Celebrating Herman Melville, the poet," 26 Aug. 2019 Skip to main content Alabama Montgomery: Two new books have been published to coincide with the state’s bicentennial celebration. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 To learn more about our state’s bicentennial celebrations, visit al, "Serve a meal inspired by Alabama’s 200-year history," 20 Aug. 2019 From reenactments of a 1920 pageant skits to a citywide art competition, here's what to expect for the yearlong bicentennial celebration. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "200 years of Indianapolis: An early look at next year's bicentennial celebration," 25 July 2019 At the bicentennial in 1976, President Gerald Ford spoke to a crowd in Philadelphia. NBC News, "Buttigieg rolls out new public service plan," 4 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bicentennial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bicentennial

1848, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bicentennial

Statistics for bicentennial

Last Updated

10 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bicentennial

The first known use of bicentennial was in 1848

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bicentennial



English Language Learners Definition of bicentennial

US : a 200th anniversary or its celebration

More from Merriam-Webster on bicentennial

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bicentennial

Spanish Central: Translation of bicentennial

Nglish: Translation of bicentennial for Spanish Speakers

Comments on bicentennial

What made you want to look up bicentennial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!