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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Fortune Cutting Bureaucracy Bloat The White House today is expected to propose combining the Education and Labor departments into one federal agency, the centerpiece of a plan to shrink a bureaucracy the president says is bloated. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent, Trump Border Order, Jacinda Ardern Baby: CEO Daily for June 21, 2018," 21 June 2018 Memorial donations can be made at’s remains will be added to the Welcome Feature centerpiece at Neptune Memorial Reef off Key Biscayne, FL in May 2018., "Deaths in South Florida: 5/6," 6 May 2018 The display debuts May 4 and will be the centerpiece at Star Wars Days, which will be at Legoland the next three weekends, offering visitors model-building tips and a visit with the world’s largest Rey, Yoda and Chewbacca Lego models. Marco Santana,, "Legoland set to debut 350,000-brick Star Wars centerpiece," 1 May 2018 Case in point: My brother’s G.I. Joe 1970s military jeep for his action figure’s wild adventures (nearing half a century in age now) is the perfect ride for a table centerpiece at a cocktail party, weekend barbecue or Father’s Day get-together. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "'Always a talking piece': Hardy succulents encourage container creativity | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018 The restaurant doubles as a florist, and the tables were verdant with herb pots as centerpieces. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 In a panic-inducing announcement, Patagonia set new limits on the sale of its custom fleece and down vests, a de rigueur centerpiece of the modern three-piece suit. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Patagonia Triggers a Market Panic Over New Rules on Its Power Vests," 8 Apr. 2019 This show-stopping double layer cake filled with raspberry jam will be the best centerpiece for your holiday dessert table. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling slats of walnut are the centerpiece of the open-concept entertaining spaces, used both as a design element and a way to permeate the area with natural light. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Hillside modern marvel with pool and views asks $4.9M," 24 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 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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