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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Welcome to Maryland’s closest thing to a baseball city: Ripken Stadium may be the centerpiece, but there’s also Ripken Academy, complete with eight more baseball diamonds as well as pitching and batting practice tunnels. Chris Kaltenbach,, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Sand Valley also is the centerpiece of an 8,900-acre restoration project. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Charlotte isn’t a destination city like Miami, Los Angeles or New York for 20-something NBA superstars, so free agency doesn’t ever figure to be the centerpiece of a Hornets roster plan. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets still have a hole on roster. Here are 6 free agent possibilities to fill it.," 26 June 2018 For one thing, the updated station will be the centerpiece of a big, $1 billion Ford Detroit campus. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Why Ford Is Buying Detroit’s Derelict Train Station," 19 June 2018 These 45 minutes will be the centerpiece of a documentary the three old friends hope will explore Chicago's history and culture and the way race and economics have affected the city. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Roseland's transformation captured in 1970 student film," 5 June 2018 Conveniently, the relationship will be the centerpiece of Sunday’s episode of Total Bellas, the E! Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Nikki Bella and John Cena’s Short-Lived, Tabloid-Friendly Breakup Is Over," 1 June 2018 Planners say San Fransisco is the centerpiece, but not the only focal point. Justin Worland, Time, "Blocked by Trump, Climate Change Activists Focus on Cities and States," 30 May 2018 Its forthcoming second season was very much shaping up to be the centerpiece of ABC's fall schedule. Mike Scott,, "Did Roseanne Barr just cost John Goodman a shot at an Emmy?," 29 May 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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