cen·​ten·​ni·​al sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce centennial (audio)
: a 100th anniversary or its celebration
centennial adjective
centennially adverb

Examples of centennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year, the school — which was formerly known as Gregory Heights and was converted to a comprehensive middle school in 2018 — is celebrating the centennial of its building. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2023 Harry Webber, the sculptor who created the Bobby Orr statue that now stands in front of TD Garden, is at work on another sculpture of a bear in celebration of the team's upcoming centennial season. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2023 State park expansion Marking the 100th anniversary of Texas state parks, the budget would provide $1 billion for a centennial parks conservation fund, subject to passage of separate legislation and voter approval of a constitutional amendment. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 25 May 2023 The magazine celebrating Texas State Parks’ centennial was signed by the governor. Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2023 The show was meant to channel Erdogan’s vision of the Turkish republic in its centennial year: a rising power on the verge of peace and prosperity that has emerged victorious from its many battles with imperialists and is finally ready to take its rightful place as a global power. Asli Aydintasbas, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2023 Disney’s centennial celebration continues with a new Aldo collection. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2023 The Civil War, followed by the country’s centennial in 1876, helped mythologize the flag. Hillel Italie, Fortune, 4 July 2023 The prosecutor's office told reporters that the men, who had been drinking alcohol, had Sunday evening tickets for the Eiffel Tower but never left the monument, built in the late 1800s to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin centum + English -ennial (as in biennial)

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of centennial was in 1791

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“Centennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centennial. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a 100th anniversary or its celebration


2 of 2 adjective
: relating to a period of 100 years

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