Definition of centenary in English:

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centenary

Pronunciation: /sɛnˈtiːnəri/
Pronunciation: /sɛnˈtɛnəri/
British

noun (plural centenaries)

The hundredth anniversary of a significant event: the society has just celebrated its centenary the stunning vitality of a musician who is nearing his centenary
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  • This month sees the centenary of the events that began the 1905 Revolution.
  • And it is to salute the centenary of this event that I am talking about William Osler at this particular moment.
  • The club has an exhaustive list of planned events to mark the centenary, including a gala evening and dinner at Pittodrie, a rock concert at the stadium and official celebrations on the city's Union Street.

adjective

Relating to a hundredth anniversary: the centenary year of the artist’s birth
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  • This is the centenary month of Arne Jacobsen's birth, and his lifework is celebrated in two exhibitions in Denmark, and a new book.
  • The myriad developments that have had their impact on the profession are too numerous to fit into one article-that's why we'll be publishing a series of centenary highlights throughout the year.
  • In this, the national theatre's centenary year, this new production of the Abbey's signature play does not suffer in comparison with Garry Hynes's Druid staging last February.

Origin

Early 17th century (denoting a century): from Latin centenarius 'containing a hundred', based on Latin centum 'a hundred'.

Words that rhyme with centenary

beanery, bicentenary, catenary, deanery, greenery, machinery, plenary, scenery, senary, septenary

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