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

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Ocoee, which elected a black candidate to the City Commission for the first time ever in 2018, is planning a centennial observance of the Jim Crow-era tragedy next year. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Bill seeks to compensate descendants of Ocoee massacre victims 100 years later," 16 Sep. 2019 Woods’ departure follows the orchestra’s historic and successful centennial season, and comes right before the start of the new season Oct. 3. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Phil Chief Executive Simon Woods resigns, leaving supporters ‘stunned’," 16 Sep. 2019 The organization will also host a second centennial event on Oct. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Little Big Town to Perform at Save the Children's Centennial Celebration: Exclusive," 6 Sep. 2019 This year's uniforms will still provide plenty of reminders about the league's centennial though, mainly due to the omnipresent NFL 100 logo. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 Each of those speeches was recorded and will be shared by the Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council, which is organizing events around the centennial. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County women ready to roar in 2020," 26 Aug. 2019 For instance, in my year, there was a lot of celebrations for World War I, the centennial. Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned from Full-Time Travel—And Why I Stopped: Women Who Travel Podcast," 20 Aug. 2019 Thursday’s party also celebrated the legion’s centennial. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "WWII and Korean War vets help celebrate American Legion centennial at Newport post," 15 Aug. 2019 The moss showed few ill effects of its multi-centennial deep-freeze. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 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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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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