cen·​ter·​piece ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs How to pronounce centerpiece (audio)
: an object occupying a central position
especially : an adornment in the center of a table
: one that is of central importance or interest in a larger whole
the centerpiece of a political agenda

Examples of centerpiece in a Sentence

resolution of the original dispute became the centerpiece of the negotiations
Recent Examples on the Web Those who venture out toward Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement will watch most matches on Court Philippe Chatrier, the roughly 15,000-seat stadium originally built in 1928 as the centerpiece for French players competing in the Davis Cup, tennis’s World Cup. Nick Pachelli, Vogue, 12 June 2024 The town’s centerpiece is Rowan University, a four-year public institution that was founded in 1923 as a school for training teachers. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 The real centerpiece here is the indoor/outdoor recovery area, which features hot and cold pools, a sauna and steam room. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 June 2024 The centerpiece of the event was the menu, full of goodies that utilized a lot of Amanda's favorite ingredient. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for centerpiece 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Centerpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


cen·​ter·​piece ˈsent-ər-ˌpēs How to pronounce centerpiece (audio)
: a piece put in the center of something and especially a decoration (as flowers) for the center of a table

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