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[sen-ter-pees] /ˈsɛn tərˌpis/
an ornamental object used in a central position, especially on the center of a dining-room table.
the central or outstanding point or feature:
The centerpiece of the evening was a play put on by the employees.
Origin of centerpiece
First recorded in 1830-40; center + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They have a centerpiece and panels to match the ends of the closet.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The fruit should be heaped in a basket or arranged as a centerpiece with the flowers.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • It was large enough to form the centerpiece of some stately necklace or tiara.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Have table prettily decorated with a centerpiece of ice and ferns.

    Dinners and Luncheons Paul Pierce
  • Next goes the centerpiece which is always the chief ornament.

    Etiquette Emily Post
Word Origin and History for centerpiece

also center-piece, 1800, from center + piece (n.). Figurative sense is recorded from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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