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or tercentennial

[tur-sen-ten-uh-ree, tur-sen-tn-er-ee; especially British tur-sen-tee-nuh-ree] /ˌtɜr sɛnˈtɛn ə ri, tɜrˈsɛn tnˌɛr i; especially British ˌtɜr sɛnˈti nə ri/
adjective, noun, plural tercentenaries.
Origin of tercentenary
First recorded in 1835-45; ter- + centenary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We are celebrating the tercentenary of their arrival at Plymouth.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • Associated words: tercentenary, tricentenary, tri-centennial.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • At their tercentenary festival in 1875, tne Leyden University printed a list of their students from their foundation to that year.

  • The anniversary of the tercentenary of Shakespeare was to be celebrated in this city on St. George's day.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • The first beam has struck one of the lofty pinnacles, and made laughter and gaiety of its tercentenary gloom.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • In 1909 a great celebration of the tercentenary was held in the United States.

  • This date was the tercentenary of the birth of this great philosopher, and he was both born and died on the 19th October.

  • Postmaster-General Lemieux has given instructions to issue a series of postage stamps commemorating the tercentenary.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • Harrovians came from every corner of the globe to take part in this tercentenary Festival.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • The Musicians have recently celebrated their tercentenary, commemorating the granting of their charter by James I. in 1604.

British Dictionary definitions for tercentenary


of or relating to a period of 300 years
of or relating to a 300th anniversary or its celebration
noun (pl) -tenaries, -tennials
an anniversary of 300 years or its celebration
Also called tricentennial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tercentenary

1844, "pertaining to a period of 300 years," from ter- "three times" + centenary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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