centenary

[ sen-ten-uh-ree, sen-tn-er-ee; especially British sen-tee-nuh-ree ]
/ sɛnˈtɛn ə ri, ˈsɛn tnˌɛr i; especially British sɛnˈti nə ri /

adjective

of or relating to a period of 100 years.
recurring once in every 100 years: a centenary celebration.

noun, plural cen·ten·ar·ies.

a centennial.
a period of 100 years; century.

Nearby words

  1. centaurs,
  2. centaurus,
  3. centaury,
  4. centavo,
  5. centenarian,
  6. centenionalis,
  7. centennial,
  8. centennial state,
  9. center,
  10. center back

Origin of centenary

1600–10; < Latin centēnārius (adj.), equivalent to centēn(ī) a hundred each (cent(um) 100 + -ēnī distributive suffix) + -ārius -ary

Can be confusedcentenary centennial

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British Dictionary definitions for centenary

centenary

/ (sɛnˈtiːnərɪ) /

adjective

of or relating to a period of 100 years
occurring once every 100 years

noun plural -naries

a 100th anniversary or its celebration

Word Origin for centenary

C17: from Latin centēnārius of a hundred, from centēnī a hundred each, from centum hundred

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Word Origin and History for centenary

centenary

adj.

c.1600, "period of 100 years," from Latin centenarius "of a hundred, relating to a hundred," from centenai "a hundred each," from centum "hundred" (see hundred). As a noun, "100th anniversary," from 1788.

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