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

Examples of centerpiece in a Sentence

resolution of the original dispute became the centerpiece of the negotiations
Recent Examples on the Web While some horror movies derive thrills and chills from ghosts, goblins, witches, vampires or other kinds of mad killers, others make the setting itself the centerpiece of the plot. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 YouTube, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., GOOG 1.15%▲ has made Shorts a centerpiece of its plan to kick-start its revenue growth, which has been flagging of late. Salvador Rodriguez, WSJ, 18 June 2022 The tensions have driven these countries closer into the orbit of Washington, which under Biden has made the strategic rivalry with China a centerpiece of its foreign policy. Nectar Gan, CNN, 23 May 2022 Candidates in some of California’s divisive political races are making the increase in homicides a centerpiece of their pitch to voters this year. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 The centerpiece of Zola—its climax, so to speak—is an extended sequence in the second hotel. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 The centerpiece of the 19-acre campus, which the university is now calling UO Portland, will be a children’s behavioral health program funded with a $425 million donation from Connie and Steve Ballmer. oregonlive, 29 June 2022 Its culinary centerpiece, Shanghai Taste, hides inconspicuously among rows of lookalike facades; look for groups gathered outside, waiting for seats or to-go orders. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 The centerpiece: increasing the standard income tax deduction, which Youngkin had wanted to double. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of centerpiece

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 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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