cen·​ter·​piece | \ ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs How to pronounce centerpiece (audio) , ˈse-nər- \

Definition of centerpiece

1 : an object occupying a central position especially : an adornment in the center of a table
2 : one that is of central importance or interest in a larger whole the centerpiece of a political agenda

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Examples of centerpiece in a Sentence

resolution of the original dispute became the centerpiece of the negotiations
Recent Examples on the Web Both seek to effectively protect the aircraft that is the centerpiece of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Gallego, McSally trying to protect the A-10 'Warthog,' a boost to Tucson," 30 June 2020 The claim was the centerpiece of the two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller looking into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Russia, Russia, Russia! Democrats revive Trump-Putin narrative in wake of 'bounty' claim," 29 June 2020 Martin said that dealing with the pandemic would be the centerpiece of his leadership. Fox News, "Centrist Micheal Martin to become Irish leader after historic coalition deal," 27 June 2020 Flower advocates think the centerpiece on your table should be as fresh as the food on your plate. oregonlive, "It’s American Flowers Week and you’re invited to celebrate the blooming fun," 24 June 2020 Trump will make two stops in Arizona, including a swing through Yuma to see the construction of a border wall that has been a centerpiece of his campaign pitch. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "'Reckless and irresponsible': Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's Arizona visit amid pandemic," 23 June 2020 Familiarity was the centerpiece of Joe Biden’s political appeal, after all. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Myopic Fantasy of Returning to “Normal”," 22 June 2020 Despite Egypt's concerns, the dam is the centerpiece in Ethiopia's bid to become Africa’s largest power exporter, and the country calls the project a lifeline for millions in poverty. NBC News, "Egypt calls for U.N. intervention after talks stall on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam," 20 June 2020 The decision to end DACA was a centerpiece of those efforts. Emily Cochrane,, "Trump says administration will try again to end ‘Dreamers’ program," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Centerpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of centerpiece

: a decoration (such as a group of flowers) that is placed in the center of a table
: the most important part of something


cen·​ter·​piece | \ ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs How to pronounce centerpiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of centerpiece

: a piece put in the center of something and especially a decoration (as flowers) for a table

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