centerpiece

noun cen·ter·piece \ -ˌpēs \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

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

  1. resolution of the original dispute became the centerpiece of the negotiations

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First Known Use of centerpiece

1803

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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centerpiece Synonyms

Phrases

sum and substance, the long and short (or the long and the short);


CENTERPIECE Defined for English Language Learners

centerpiece

Definition of centerpiece for English Language Learners

  • : a decoration (such as a group of flowers) that is placed in the center of a table

  • : the most important part of something


CENTERPIECE Defined for Kids

centerpiece

noun cen·ter·piece \ ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs \

Definition of centerpiece for Students

: a piece put in the center of something and especially a decoration (as flowers) for a table


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