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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Just as car companies have press week during the Detroit auto show, so did Coca-Cola with its centennial project. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Historian swore he'd never leave Coca-Cola — then Ford called," 29 June 2018 The horrors of the 1918-19 pandemic have been recounted many times, but a centennial or other anniversary is always likely to attract attention. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 This year’s centennial of the end of the first world war, and of the empire’s collapse, is part of the explanation. The Economist, "Habsburg culture is back in vogue," 21 June 2018 Ehmke noted that, while the centennial isn't quite here yet, the zoo has celebrated plenty of other milestones along the way. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "$150 million campaign announced for Houston Zoo," 9 Apr. 2018 This year’s edition focuses on South African culture and history, honoring the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "15 Summer Dance Festivals, Saratoga to Vail," 17 May 2018 On the occasion of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, the museum mounts the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate the conductor and composer’s life, his Jewish identity, and his social activism. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "What to see in Philadelphia's museums this summer," 6 June 2018 In honor of the centennial of both the parade and the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s, Elmhurst families and employees are invited to walk with the chamber contingent near the start of the parade. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Parades, processions and ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in Elmhurst, Hinsdale," 21 May 2018 On August 29, music director Marin Alsop will lead the BSO in a program saluting the centennial of her mentor and friend Leonard Bernstein as part of the 2018-2019 International Concert Series at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Symphony will wrap up its summer tour in Dublin," 10 May 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

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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