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 Microsoft's developer tools remains Visual Studio, and a first preview of its 2019 edition is now available to download. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft continues its quest to embrace every developer with Visual Studio 2019," 4 Dec. 2018 Bolsonaro has expressed nostalgia for the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, has been repeatedly fined for offensive comments and has made cracking down on crime a centerpiece of his campaign. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "A look at top candidates in Brazil's presidential race," 7 Sep. 2018 The second home in Baytown constructed with central air conditioning, the house boasts a geometric chimney as a centerpiece in a wide open living room. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Charming brick midcentury asks $159K," 5 Sep. 2018 Last year, Kyrie Irving was the centerpiece in the United States version, with Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan on the Canadian version. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Forbes believes Giannis Antetokounmpo will be named the cover athlete for NBA 2K19 video game," 25 June 2018 The image shows a two-year-old Honduran girl crying while her mother is searched and detained, and has become a visual centerpiece in the heated debate over U.S. policy on immigration and family separations. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, "Photographer who captured image of girl on TIME cover didn't expect "this level of impact"," 21 June 2018 The mural was painted over the course of five years and became an artistic centerpiece in the Logan neighborhood — a longtime Latino neighborhood in Santa Ana that dates back to the late-1800s. Cindy Carcamo,, "Garden Grove man charged with vandalizing Latino war veteran memorial," 29 May 2018 The museum plans to make the carving a centerpiece in a new exhibition opening in February. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Benioff pays $7M to return rare Hawaiian war god relic to the islands," 23 May 2018 Here are the varieties to grow and the details to know Bamboo is traditionally considered an outdoor plant, but under the right conditions, certain varieties will thrive indoors and can become the most interesting centerpiece in your home. Sunset, "How to Grow Bamboo as a Houseplant," 22 Jan. 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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