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 The premiere is part of Project 19, a multiseason initiative in honor of the centenary of the 19th Amendment, that has commissioned works by 19 female composers. William Robin, New York Times, "A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels," 7 Feb. 2020 The program is titled The EVE Project, in honor of the upcoming centenary of the passing of the 19th Amendment; accordingly, the other works on the program are by women. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "Two works by Martha Graham make the company’s EVE Project at Jacob’s Pillow transcendant," 16 Aug. 2019 By the end of the weekend, only one of them will don the centenary yellow jersey at the victory ceremony in front of the infamous Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Julius Long And And Jill Martin, CNN, "A French cyclist may win Tour de France and more to watch in sports this weekend," 26 July 2019 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

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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 3 Apr. 2020.

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