cen·​ter·​piece | \-ˌpēs \

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

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This year’s edition of San Diego Pride, which takes place through Sunday, is no exception, with the centerpiece of the long-running festival its bevy of musical acts. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival, Gustavo Romero," 13 July 2018 Ditko worked in obscurity for decades as his biggest creation became the centerpiece of Marvel and the star of some of its biggest films. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 2018 The International Freedom Fest’s massive fireworks show would become the centerpiece of a summer-long party. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show likely moving to June in 2020," 9 July 2018 Women’s empowerment has become the centerpiece of P&G’s marketing around the world. Jeff Green,, "World’s biggest advertiser P&G to hire more female directors," 18 June 2018 Today, targeted killings by drones have become the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism policy. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Machado immediately would become the centerpiece of the South Side rebuild. David Haugh,, "Manny Machado, the ideal Cub, handles hoopla over arrival like superstar he is," 22 May 2018 While no other members of his family played instruments, Veres' musical talent became the centerpiece of his life. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Mayfield Heights resident Andy Veres has lived a rich, musical life of nearly 100 years," 27 Apr. 2018 The schools have become the centerpiece of the community to serve kids and families in any way now. . . Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: How one school district is working to meet the emotional needs of its students," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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