quin·​cen·​te·​na·​ry ˌkwin-sen-ˈte-nə-rē How to pronounce quincentenary (audio) -ˈsen-tə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce quincentenary (audio)
 especially British  -sen-ˈtē-nə-rē
: a 500th anniversary or its celebration
quincentenary adjective

Examples of quincentenary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other quincentenary shows are set for England and France next year. John Hooper, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2018 Leonardo’s quincentenary isn't just an opportunity to reassess his genius but, with the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death in 2020, the start of two years in which to ponder the Renaissance. John Hooper, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2018

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Word History


Latin quinque five + English centenary

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quincentenary was in 1879

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“Quincentenary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quincentenary. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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