cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce centennial (audio) \

Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or its celebration

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Other Words from centennial

centennial adjective
centennially \ sen-​ˈte-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce centennial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spode of England made the Charles Dickens limited edition plate in 1970, commemorating the centennial of his death. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 This summer also holds a special day for Mayfield residents -- a celebration of the village’s centennial. cleveland, 15 July 2021 At the Chinese Communist Party’s centennial celebration, President Xi Jinping called for defiance against foreign pressure. Sha Hua, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 Besides the centennial celebration, the day also marked the formal launch of the Friends of the Glencoe Golf Club, an organization charged with a fundraising campaign for construction of a new clubhouse. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Johnson volunteered to help plan the city's centennial celebration, an effort that has been in the works for nearly two years. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 The centennial celebration will continue through Sept. 6. Capacity will be limited as is the case with all theme parks under the state’s guidelines, with only Californians admitted at this time with reservations. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 It was closed for the centennial, but Dennis Vourderis, a member of the family that owns Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, was only looking forward. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2021 Featured, in this the city’s centennial year, will be ads, brochures, maps and publicity posters pertaining to local real estate. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of centennial

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centennial

Latin centum + English -ennial (as in biennial)

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The first known use of centennial was in 1791

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“Centennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centennial. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of centennial

: the 100th anniversary of something (such as an important event)


cen·​ten·​ni·​al | \ sen-ˈte-nē-əl How to pronounce centennial (audio) \

Kids Definition of centennial

: a 100th anniversary or a celebration of it

Other Words from centennial

centennial adjective

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