[ sen-ter-fohld ]
/ ˈsɛn tərˌfoʊld /


a gatefold bound into the center of a magazine or book signature.
a photograph of a woman or man in a nude or seminude pose appearing on a magazine centerfold.
the person in such a photograph.

Origin of centerfold

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; center + fold1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for centerfold



also center-fold, "fold-out center spread of a magazine or newspaper," 1950, from center (n.) + fold (n.2). "Playboy" debuted December 1953, and the word came to be used especially for illustrations of comely women, hence "woman who poses as a centerfold model" (by 1965).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper