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

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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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The centerpiece of the Christian Yelich deal, Brinson’s rookie struggles were well documented last season. Wells Dusenbury,, "Midseason breakdown — What went wrong for the Marlins in the first half," 9 July 2019 As has been the case for nearly 20 years, music and fireworks were the centerpieces of the July 4 celebration in Buffalo Grove. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Buffalo Grove continued tradition of melodic Fourth of July celebration with Symphonic Band performance at Village Green," 7 July 2019 But the museum — with its moon base-shaped top visible from Interstate 75 — will be the centerpiece for activities around the anniversary, including a NASA livestream broadcast on July 19. Washington Post, "Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration," 6 July 2019 Groups like the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion, which calls for nonviolent civil disobedience to spur climate action, have made the declarations a centerpiece of their campaigns. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "A ‘Climate Emergency’ Was Declared in New York City. Will That Change Anything?," 5 July 2019 Developers of Edinburgh Park, a new multi-use office park outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, commissioned the artist to create a centerpiece for the quarter that would catch the eye of people traveling into the city. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shipping container building concept is part office, part sculpture," 3 July 2019 Evers, a former state schools superintendent, made funding for K-12 education a centerpiece of his campaign for governor last year. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers uses his vast veto power to raise school spending another $65 million, wipe out Tesla provision," 3 July 2019 An elegant tray can hold flowers and centerpieces for your feasts without eating up valuable table space. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Classic Pieces Every Room in Your Home Needs," 3 July 2019 The night quickly laid bare the polar opposite view of immigration and border security Democrats more broadly have with President Donald Trump, who has made the related issues centerpieces of both his campaigns. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "In first debate, Democrats urged immigration changes, sought to connect with Hispanic voters," 27 June 2019

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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 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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