cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \sen-ˈte-nē-əl \

Definition of centennial 

: a 100th anniversary or its celebration

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Other Words from centennial

centennial adjective
centennially \-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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In that year, Italy celebrated the centennial of its Risorgimento, the unification of the peninsula into a single nation. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Italian Pine Forest Is Shaped Exactly Like...Italy," 1 Oct. 2018 Now, as the centennial of Bernstein’s birth has prompted orchestras everywhere to perform his works, ensembles are again reckoning with the tricky art of pulling off Bernstein’s Broadway in the concert hall. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 More than 500 women will celebrate the centennial Saturday of a running revolution with a tough — and historic — footrace in Marin. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marking 100 years since women held their 1st Dipsea race," 21 Apr. 2018 The group hopes to have their dream actualized by August 2020, the centennial of women suffrage in the United States. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "There Are No Female Statues in Central Park—and One Group Has Vowed to Change That," 29 June 2017 This morning, the Queen visited the Royal Air Force Club—an exclusive space for members of the Force which was also formed in 1918—to celebrate its centennial. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Unveiled a New Portrait in Honor of the Royal Air Force's 100th Anniversary," 17 Oct. 2018 Then-President John Kennedy celebrating a rainy West Virginia Day on June 20, 1963 – the state’s centennial – in Charleston. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Like Bush and Obama, Trump gets stuck on immigration," 21 June 2018 This year is actually Robbins' centennial, as he was born in Oct. 1918 in New York. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "TUTS to close 50th anniversary with Jerome Robbins production," 19 June 2018 At Coke, for example, Ryan worked on the centennial campaign for more than two years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Historian swore he'd never leave Coca-Cola — then Ford called," 29 June 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

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


cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \sen-ˈte-nē-əl \

Kids Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or a celebration of it

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centennial adjective

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