centerpiece

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noun cen·ter·piece \-ˌpēs\

Definition of centerpiece

  1. 1 :  an object occupying a central position; especially :  an adornment in the center of a table

  2. 2 :  one that is of central importance or interest in a larger whole the centerpiece of a political agenda

Examples of centerpiece in a Sentence

  1. resolution of the original dispute became the centerpiece of the negotiations

Recent Examples of centerpiece from the Web

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803


CENTERPIECE Defined for English Language Learners

centerpiece

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Definition of centerpiece for English Language Learners

  • : a decoration (such as a group of flowers) that is placed in the center of a table

  • : the most important part of something


CENTERPIECE Defined for Kids

centerpiece

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noun cen·ter·piece \ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs\

Definition of centerpiece for Students

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



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