en·​cae·​nia | \ en-ˈsē-nyə How to pronounce encaenia (audio) \

Definition of encaenia

: an annual university ceremony (as at Oxford) of commemoration with recital of poems and essays and conferring of degrees

First Known Use of encaenia

1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encaenia

New Latin, from Latin, dedication festival, from Greek enkainia, from en + kainos new — more at recent

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“Encaenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encaenia. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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