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 centennial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An event marking the centennial of women gaining the right to vote, focusing on the stories of contemporary California women. Chronicle Staff Report, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: National Voter Registration Day, Proposition 15," 22 Sep. 2020 Moore recalled that as that centennial crept closer and Gathering Place prepared to open, many underserved communities were skeptical of the park’s purpose. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "You thought it would never happen: With a new boss, Dallas’ Trinity park aims to break ground next year," 2 Feb. 2021 In October, Live Nation Women launched the Beautiful Noise campaign, urging women to use their voices and votes, in honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage in America. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Change Agents: Leaders Stepping Up In A Year of Turmoil," 28 Jan. 2021 That year will mark the centennial of the Turkish republic. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 The National Museum is presenting the sculpture in celebration of the centennial of John Paul’s birth. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why a New Sculpture of Pope John Paul II Is So Controversial," 28 Sep. 2020 Speaking of important anniversaries, 2020 also marked the centennial of women’s suffrage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 year in review: From Oceanside to San Ysidro, art could still be found in a county in lockdown," 27 Dec. 2020 In addition, Park and Sun worked with their companies’ interns over the summer to create masks that celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote. NBC News, "10 women-owned businesses Know Your Value loves this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 March 1, 2019, a week after the raid, was the centennial of the launch of Korea’s movement for independence from Japan, which occupied the country for thirty-five years. Suki Kim, The New Yorker, "The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of centennial was in 1791

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22 Feb 2021

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“Centennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centennial. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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

Other Words from centennial

centennial adjective

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