cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce centennial (audio) \

Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or its celebration

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Other Words from centennial

centennial adjective
centennially \ sen-​ˈte-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce centennially (audio) \ adverb

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This year’s edition focuses on South African culture and history, honoring the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "15 Summer Dance Festivals, Saratoga to Vail," 17 May 2018 On the occasion of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, the museum mounts the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate the conductor and composer’s life, his Jewish identity, and his social activism. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "What to see in Philadelphia's museums this summer," 6 June 2018 In honor of the centennial of both the parade and the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s, Elmhurst families and employees are invited to walk with the chamber contingent near the start of the parade. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Parades, processions and ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in Elmhurst, Hinsdale," 21 May 2018 On August 29, music director Marin Alsop will lead the BSO in a program saluting the centennial of her mentor and friend Leonard Bernstein as part of the 2018-2019 International Concert Series at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Symphony will wrap up its summer tour in Dublin," 10 May 2018 In honor of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, the concert’s second half will include two of the famed composer’s works. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego State musicians take the big stage at SDSU Live," 5 Apr. 2018 In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation recognizing Waterloo, N.Y., as the birthplace of Memorial Day, in recognition of the centennial of its first observance of the day. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Lots of Places Claim to Be the Birthplace of Memorial Day. Here's the Truth, According to an Expert," 25 May 2018 The first event at the new venue is Feb. 15, about the centennial of the Twin Peaks Tunnel. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Lewis shares chicken salad and comes to like Steve Bannon," 7 Feb. 2018 Greene ventured to Bisbee, Arizona, for the centennial of a 1917 incident in which 1,200 striking miners were illegally deported to New Mexico. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of centennial

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centennial

Latin centum + English -ennial (as in biennial)

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English Language Learners Definition of centennial

US : the 100th anniversary of something (such as an important event)


cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce centennial (audio) \

Kids Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or a celebration of it

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centennial adjective

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