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

Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or its celebration

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 Jim Joyce, president of the Bay Village Alumni Foundation and a 1978 graduate of Bay High School, said the white oak tree doubles up to represent Bay Village as a Tree City USA as well as for the centennial. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 16 May 2022 All-Time Team selected for the league centennial in 2019. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Epstein said the Lincoln Group would like to invite Moton’s descendants to the centennial, to be held on the steps of the memorial on May 22. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 The depot planned to host additional performances Saturday evening and dedicated a new exhibit to the centennial at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 The project’s final touch, in 2027, will be converting the Alamo’s 1930s gift shop, built for the Texas centennial, into a special event center. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 That is until 2017, a year shy of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, when the prospect of premiering the quartet struck him as a fitting celebration. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 As the story of women’s suffrage is being told during the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the franchise, historians are reexploring the role African Americans played in Maryland and beyond. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, 18 Aug. 2020 Mingus’ centennial will be celebrated Saturday in Nogales, the Arizona border town where he was born How big an impact did Charles Mingus have beyond the jazz world? George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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29 May 2022

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“Centennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centennial. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for centennial


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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Nglish: Translation of centennial for Spanish Speakers


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