Definition of quatercentenary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkwädərsenˈtenərē/

noun (plural quatercentenaries)

The four-hundredth anniversary of a significant event.
Example sentences
  • The following year, on the quatercentenary of James's birth, a newspaper celebrated the event under the headline ‘The Poor Man's King’.
  • Coincidentally, the close of this jubilee year will usher in another anniversary of great significance to Scotland: the quatercentenary of the Union of the Crowns in 1603, the event that gave birth to the United Kingdom.
  • Four of them were presented at an ecumenical symposium sponsored by St. John's College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, in November 2000, the quatercentenary of Hooker's death.


Relating to a four-hundredth anniversary.
Example sentences
  • A part of the quatercentenary celebration of Shakespeare's birth, this RSC production was adapted for television as a New Year's day treat for British audiences during an engagement at the Aldwych Theatre in London.
  • At the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Watson was president in 1878 and again in 1905, at the quatercentenary festival.
  • It was, however, during the quatercentenary celebrations of the Roanoke Voyages in the 1980s that she became closely involved in the colony as well as its maps.


Late 19th century: from Latin quater 'four times' + centenary.

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Syllabification: quat·er·cen·ten·ar·y

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