cen·​ter·​fold | \ ˈsen-tər-ˌfōld How to pronounce centerfold (audio) , ˈse-nər- \

Definition of centerfold

1 : a foldout that is the center spread of a magazine
2 : a picture (as of a nude) on a centerfold also : a model featured in such a picture

Examples of centerfold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later, Herz splices centerfolds and glamour shots into scenes of workaday grime. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 Wonder Woman,’’ and became the first centerfold for Playgirl magazine, died Tuesday. Lynn Elber,, "Lyle Waggoner, foil on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 84," 17 Mar. 2020 This place bristles with manly Canadian bric-a-brac, stuffed fish, mounted deer and moose heads, old advertisements, beer bottles, Playboy centerfolds, painted seascapes. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Nelson was part of a color centerfold portrait series that featured the faces of citizens of Alexandria. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro on the Road: This Indiana town was used for wartime 'Small Town, U.S.A.' propaganda," 15 Nov. 2019 The Playboy centerfold and model/actress died of a drug overdose in her room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood in 2009 at age 39. Doreen Christensen,, "These 25 celebrities died in South Florida | Photos," 8 Oct. 2019 National Geographic tree: Some call this walk the National Geographic Tree, named after a photo of the Iluvatar Tree that was produced as a tri-fold pull-out centerfold poster in an issue of National Geographic. Tom Stienstra,, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019 Similar changes have also been seen with centerfold models. Glen Jankowski, Quartzy, "An epidemic of body shaming is taking its toll on men’s mental health," 11 July 2019 And of course, Karate Kid‘s Ralph Macchio in all his glory is the centerfold. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The best '80s pop culture references in Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of centerfold

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Centerfold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of centerfold

: the pages that face each other in the middle of a magazine or newspaper
: a picture of a person (such as a woman who is not wearing clothes) that is in the centerfold of a magazine
: a person whose picture is the centerfold of a magazine

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