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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While #Stelena didn’t end up together in the end, their relationship was a major centerpiece of the show. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""The Vampire Diaries" Stars Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley Apparently Didn't Get Along While Filming the Show," 11 June 2019 Instead, lawmakers will spend $133.4 million on clean water projects, with the lion’s share of the cash coming from proceeds raised by the sale of greenhouse gas emission credits — the centerpiece of California’s cap-and-trade program. John Myers,, "Gov. Gavin Newsom abandons water tax, rejects some new spending in California budget deal," 9 June 2019 The centerpiece of her plan is designed to achieve the goals of the Green New Deal, an ambitious agenda unveiled by several lawmakers in Congress to address climate change and economic inequality. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee campaign in pivotal Michigan," 4 June 2019 The proposal also calls for re-establishing the individual mandate—a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act that required people to have health insurance or pay a penalty—that has since been eliminated at the federal level by Congress. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Public Health Insurance Legislation Announced in Connecticut," 23 May 2019 But the centerpiece of the outfit was far more affordable: J.Lo got her matching top-and-leggings set from Naked Wardrobe, the fast-fashion label with a massive Instagram following. Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez Wore a $46 Matching Set With a $3,000 Coat," 3 May 2019 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

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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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