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

Examples of centennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web BEN BRANTLEY Composers Celebrate the 19th Amendment In February, the New York Philharmonic inaugurates Project 19, an ambitious, multiseason commissioning project of 19 female composers to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. New York Times, "12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 If President Donald Trump had gotten his way, the nation would have celebrated the centennial of the World War I armistice last year on Nov. 11 with a massive military parade in Washington, D.C. Michael Messner, The Conversation, "Peace advocates have long been found among veterans who fought in America’s wars," 6 Nov. 2019 Her company — returning to Houston after a 15-year absence — is keeping the flame alive with new commissions and revivals for its Eve Project, celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: Martha Graham Dance Company, Maxo Kream," 17 Oct. 2019 The centennial class will be inducted during the annual Enshrinement Week Aug. 6-9, 2020, and recognized during a centennial celebration in Canton Sept. 16-19, 2020. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "122 Pro Football Hall of Fame modern-era nominees announced for 2020," 18 Sep. 2019 Highland Park Director of Public Works Willie Faison said the city's official centennial celebration committee is in the process of hanging 100 banners down Woodward Avenue to celebrate. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Celebrate Highland Park's centennial by looking to the future," 26 May 2018 The coaches on the centennial team also have been revealed -- Bill Belichick, Paul Brown, Joe Gibbs, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Bill Walsh. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Joe Namath, Bart Starr among QB finalists for NFL 100 All-Time Team," 24 Dec. 2019 The display, which runs through January 19, is timed to mark the centennial of Salinger’s birth. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Get a Rare Peek Into the Life of Reclusive Writer J.D. Salinger," 22 Oct. 2019 Lightfoot said Monday at a ceremony to mark the centennial. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "‘It Just Goes On and On’: How the Race Riots of 1919's ‘Red Summer’ Helped Shape a Century of American History," 29 July 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Centennial.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centennial. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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