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Encaenia Line breaks: En|cae¦nia
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈsiːnɪə/

Definition of Encaenia in English:


An annual celebration at Oxford University in memory of founders and benefactors.
Example sentences
  • The University has announced that the majority of the degrees will be issued on 22 June, at the University's annual honorary degree ceremony, Encaenia.
  • Mr Patten will be installed as chancellor at a special ceremony, which will probably be held in tandem with the honorary degree presentation known as Encaenia on June 25.


Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek enkainia 'dedication festival' (based on kainos 'new').

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