Definition of quatercentenary in English:

quatercentenary

Line breaks: quat¦er|cen¦ten|ary
Pronunciation: /ˌkwatəsɛnˈtiːn(ə)ri
 
, -ˈtɛn-, ˌkweɪtə-/

noun (plural quatercentenaries)

  • The four-hundredth anniversary of a significant event: the quatercentenary of the college’s foundation
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    • 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.

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  • Relating to a four-hundredth anniversary.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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