Definition of quincentenary in English:


Line breaks: quin|cen¦ten|ary
Pronunciation: /ˌkwɪnsɛnˈtiːn(ə)ri
, -ˈtɛn-/

noun (plural quincentenaries)

  • The five-hundredth anniversary of a significant event: 1992, the quincentenary of Columbus’s discovery
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    • The quincentenary is a significant public event and the Royal Mail has a tradition of recognising significant institutions who have contributed to the public good.
    • Many books, published just before the quincentenary of Columbus's arrival in this continent in 1492, ignore the destructive influence of Columbus's arrival.
    • The series goes a long way toward explaining, if inadvertently, why the quincentenary turned into a fiasco.


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  • Relating to a five-hundredth anniversary.
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    • In his annual report, he said they must work to preserve the mutual goodwill that came out of the quincentenary celebrations.
    • Among the few quincentenary projects to reach a satisfactory conclusion is a twelve-volume series called, somewhat portentously, the Repertorium Columbianum.


late 19th century: from Latin quinque 'five' + centenary.

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