ses·​qui·​cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ ˌse-skwi-sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce sesquicentennial (audio) \

Definition of sesquicentennial

: a 150th anniversary or its celebration

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sesquicentennial adjective

Examples of sesquicentennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s event lighting the sky atop Red Mountain coincides with Birmingham’s sesquicentennial. al, "Independence from COVID: Alabama prepares the fireworks for Fourth of July," 5 May 2021 Then, in 1987, Washington sponsored another year’s worth of events for the sesquicentennial of Chicago becoming a city, complete with a birthday cake. Liam Ford,, "Chicago is older than you think, birthday well-wishers," 4 Mar. 2021 The beloved Winona landmark, originally built in 1942 and pictured on the state's U.S. postage stamp that marked Minnesota's sesquicentennial in 2008, was one of them. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis' 3rd Avenue bridge to close for nearly two years," 27 Dec. 2020 Five years ago, historians and civic leaders worked to create memorable commemorations to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the peace that began at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. David M. Shribman, Star Tribune, "The search for better angels," 30 Oct. 2020 Vogue is only 22 years younger than the Met, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“About Time”—As Seen Through the Vogue Runway Archives," 30 Oct. 2020 But Bacevich offers nothing from Calvin Coolidge’s luminous address on the sesquicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. George F. Will, New York Times, "The Mind of Conservatism," 1 Apr. 2020 Jones and McCoy were involved with the sesquicentennial through their work with the Carver-Price Legacy Museum, a nonprofit seeking to tell the history of black Americans from their perspective. NBC News, "A bell that began its journey in a time of slavery is now used as a symbol of power for a black family," 15 Oct. 2019 In addition to celebrating college football’s sesquicentennial, the Sooners are marking their 125th season this year. Paul Lukas,, "Uni Watch College Football Preview 2019," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sesquicentennial

1880, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Sesquicentennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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