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an object used as the centre of something, esp for decoration
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Examples from the Web for centrepiece
Contemporary Examples
  • The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.

Historical Examples
  • She thought of raising her soon, of making of her a centrepiece for a fountain.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • The large glass of lemon ice was then placed between us as a "centrepiece."

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • The IMF is the cornerstone and centrepiece of the financial architecture of the world.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • For the centrepiece,” said I. “You sat opposite me at my first meal, bless you!

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Covers were laid for nine and the centrepiece and doilies were embroidered in yellow.

    Brenda's Ward Helen Leah Reed
  • If the meal is an informal one a centrepiece may be arranged which will amuse the guests.

    Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell
  • The Monte Cristo ridge is the centrepiece to the whole of this battle.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • I want to look at the centrepiece she is embroidering before I begin mine, and ask her about the stitch.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The supper table may have for its centrepiece a large blue stein with red tulips tumbling out of it.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott

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