cen·​te·​na·​ry | \ sen-ˈte-nə-rē How to pronounce centenary (audio) , ˈsen-tə-ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē, especially British sen-ˈtē-nə-rē How to pronounce centenary (audio) \
plural centenaries

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centenary adjective

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A centenary, like its cousin centennial, is an anniversary. Thus, the year 2013 may mark the centenary of a town's founding, and the year-long calendar of public events that the town sponsors for the occasion—that is, the celebration of the anniversary—can also be called a centenary. Individuals have their own centenaries, which usually celebrate their births; thus, Gerald Ford's centenary will occur in 2013, and John Kennedy's in 2017. And if you live long enough to be a centenarian, you'll be around to join the celebrations.

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This year marks the centenary of the building's construction.
Recent Examples on the Web In the myriad current shows and new books honoring the Bauhaus’s centenary, Bayer, an Austrian who became one of the most influential graphic designers of his time, is given short shrift. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Work of Graphic Artist Herbert Bayer," 4 Feb. 2020 Bentley Motors, which celebrates its centenary this year, is better insulated from Brexit pressures as part of the behemoth Volkswagen Group. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, "How British automakers are bracing for Brexit," 31 Jan. 2020 With the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb coming up (in 2022), try to stop at the home of Howard Carter, the man who found it, on the road to the Valley of the Kings; there's also an exact replica of Tut's burial chamber next door. Anthony Sattin, Condé Nast Traveler, "As Travelers Return to Egypt, Look Past Cairo," 24 Dec. 2019 As for the best cities, Lonely Planet sings the praises of Salzburg, Austria, which will be celebrating the centenary of its famed festival of music and drama next year. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Need vacation inspiration? Lonely Planet rolls out top travel spots for 2020.," 22 Oct. 2019 In a rare public event, however, Edward was present during the ceremony of the centenary of the birth of Queen Mary in London in 1967. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Did Queen Elizabeth Visit the Duke of Windsor Before He Died, Per 'The Crown'?," 15 Nov. 2019 By the centenary in 2049, Mr Xi has vowed, China will have developed to the point that its strength is plain for the world to see. The Economist, "China’s median age will soon overtake America’s," 2 Nov. 2019 Kate and Meghan both attended last year's Remembrance Day, which marked the centenary of the armistice, with both of their husbands. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate, Duchess Meghan, and the Royals Will Reunite This Weekend for a Solemn Occasion," 5 Nov. 2019 Next year, events around the world will mark the centenary of his birth. B.f. | Kendal, The Economist, "Revisiting Tom of Finland’s sexually explicit oeuvre," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of centenary

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centenary

Late Latin centenarium, from Latin centenarius of a hundred, from centeni one hundred each, from centum hundred — more at hundred

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“Centenary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centenary. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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