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 Now, 100 years on, magicians from around the world will be getting together online this weekend to celebrate the centenary of that landmark performance. NBC News, "Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half," 15 Jan. 2021 Above all, Xi Jinping Thought aims to grant Mr. Xi the legitimacy to remain in power and continue his quest to make China a rich, truly global power by 2049, the centenary of Mao’s victory. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping for a Globalist, It Got an Autocrat," 23 Dec. 2020 Her memories form part of a collection published by South African historian Howard Phillips on the centenary of that disaster. Laura Spinney, Time, "What Long Flu Sufferers of the 1918-1919 Pandemic Can Tell Us About Long COVID Today," 31 Dec. 2020 Enter Shackleton 100, a website created to celebrate the centenary of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic mission. Los Angeles Times, "Dreaming of a white Christmas? Hang out with reindeer virtually, minus the cold," 24 Dec. 2020 In 2021 the National Economic Association, a group supporting minorities, will celebrate the centenary of Alexander’s PhD award at their annual gathering. The Economist, "Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Economists are rediscovering a lost heroine," 16 Dec. 2020 On the centenary of his birth, in 1869, 25,000 people gathered in New York’s Central Park to hear speakers sing his praises and see a bust unveiled. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Alexander von Humboldt and the United States’ Review: American Cosmos," 11 Dec. 2020 Despite the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Xi and his government didn't push back their goals for poverty alleviation, keen to meet their target before the Communist Party's centenary. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China has reached a major milestone in ending absolute poverty. But the Communist Party isn't celebrating yet," 27 Nov. 2020 Rural citizens make up a large portion of China’s poor, and the migration push is part of a wider nationwide anti-poverty campaign that aims to eradicate extreme poverty by the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary in 2021. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "China wants to make its own chips. 2 failures in 1 week show how hard that will be," 19 Nov. 2020

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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