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 The beautiful native earth landscapes of New Mexico are on full display from this mountaintop retreat, which serves as the centerpiece of a three-lot compound totaling approximately 53 acres. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, 17 June 2021 But over the decades, the shopping cart has evolved from its mundane existence as the centerpiece of every grocery store run. New York Times, 8 June 2021 In the Senate, Schumer has rebranded Endless Frontier as the centerpiece of the United States Innovation and Competition Act, which brings together several bipartisan bills with broad support under the umbrella of competition. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Borrego still hopes to make that happen, with works by Hernandez as a centerpiece. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2021 This had been planned as a centerpiece of the service. Mike Hughes, The Enquirer, 13 May 2021 Several City Council candidates spoke, including two from District 2, both running against Rivera with East River Park as a centerpiece of their platforms. Keith Gessen, Curbed, 10 May 2021 An old limestone pedestal topped with a terra-cotta pot serves as the centerpiece of a garden space defined by boxwoods, including the tall 'Green Mountain' variety. Jarret Einck, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 Two wings — each a mirror image of each other — sprawl out from the infamous foyer, which serves as the centerpiece of the 10,590-square-foot floor plan. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centerpiece was in 1803

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21 Jun 2021

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“Centerpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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