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bicentenary

[bahy-sen-ten-uh-ree, bahy-sen-tn-er-ee; especially British bahy-sen-tee-nuh-ree]
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adjective, noun, plural bi·cen·ten·ar·ies. Chiefly British.
  1. bicentennial.

Origin of bicentenary

First recorded in 1860–65; bi-1 + centenary
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Examples from the Web for bicentenary

Historical Examples

  • Above her the elms, thinned of their leaf-crowns, arch their bicentenary heads; the flooded meadow flashes argent on either hand.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton


British Dictionary definitions for bicentenary

bicentenary

US bicentennial (ˌbaɪsɛnˈtɛnɪəl)

adjective
  1. marking a 200th anniversary
  2. occurring every 200 years
  3. lasting 200 years
noun plural -naries
  1. a 200th anniversary
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Word Origin and History for bicentenary

adj.

"pertaining to a 200-year period," 1843; see bi- + centenary. Also see bicentennial. As a noun, "a bicentennial anniversary or celebration," also from 1843.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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