cen·​ter·​piece | \ ˈsen-tər-ˌpēs , 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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Two years on, the renovations are now complete, and the centerpiece of the brutalist masterpiece will be open for tours. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Moshe Safdie’s own unit in Habitat 67 completes renovation," 29 Nov. 2018 The centerpiece of the movie is the exploration of the internet, and the film has a tremendous amount of fun using it as a playground and occasionally a punching bag. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 The centerpiece of the American Pavilion at the next world’s fair, which will be held in Dubai in 2020, will be the hyperloop. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Hyperloop Is Hurtling Toward the 2020 World's Fair," 30 Nov. 2018 Built-in entertainment centers or bookshelves also make a great centerpiece — and who doesn't need more storage? Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Living Room Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 The 2018 Marlins are in a rebuilding phase, and the veteran outfielder’s role on the team isn’t to be a centerpiece of the future. Mike Persak,, "Cameron Maybin helping Marlins young players deal with the pressures of expectations," 12 July 2018 Floral dresses and millinery-in-bloom matched the wildflower centerpieces and surrounding grounds. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Sunny skies and $400,000 raised delight 11th annual Hats in the Park luncheon-goers," 22 Mar. 2018 Destined to be the world's largest skyscraper, the 3,280-foot-tall Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the under-development Kingdom City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "Photos: This Is What the World’s Tallest Tower Will Soon Look Like," 22 Feb. 2018 Hunt your Thanksgiving centerpiece yourself, with a crossbow. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 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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