centerpiece

noun
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

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There will also be fitness classes outdoors, where participants will scale the 154 flights of stairs on Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot-tall Vessel sculpture, which is Hudson Yards’ public-art centerpiece. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The Derby winner will receive over 400 roses sewn into a blanket after the race, so give your guests a similar treat with a rose centerpiece at your Derby party. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Most Festive Kentucky Derby Party of All Time," 13 Mar. 2019 The use of tactical nuclear weapons to strike back in such a scenario, while a centerpiece of NATO’s defense strategy since the 1950s, risked escalation to all-out nuclear warfare. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Reviving Cold War “Assault Breaker” Concept to Thwart China, Russia," 4 Mar. 2019 Pallrand opened it all up—the dark kitchen, its neighboring laundry room, and the hidden hallway—to create one warm, happy centerpiece of the home’s main floor. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "How Reclaimed Wood And A Turret Transformed This Formerly Dark Kitchen," 10 Jan. 2019 The tables have what look like modest wedding centerpieces, except there are no goldfish or floating flowers and there are Gillette razors stabbed into piles of blue rocks ostensibly designed for fish tanks. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Across the country, health care has been a centerpiece of Democratic campaign platforms as candidates try to put Republicans on the defensive. Mac Schneider, Vox, "The big lie Republicans are telling this election," 6 Nov. 2018 Many Swedes have long cherished humanitarian values as a centerpiece of the national identity. Fox News, "Sweden's most significant election in years, at a glance," 6 Sep. 2018 Here, 16 other items that will make any warm-weather activity that much better, from a House of Hackney lounge chair with a playful palm print, to a gold pineapple tumbler, to a modern infuser that will double as a centerpiece. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cindy Sherman’s New Pool Float Will Add Wonderful Weirdness to Any Summer Party," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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centerpiece

noun

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

centerpiece

noun
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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