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centerfold

[sen-ter-fohld]
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noun
  1. center spread.
  2. a gatefold bound into the center of a magazine or book signature.
  3. a photograph of a woman or man in a nude or seminude pose appearing on a magazine centerfold.
  4. the person in such a photograph.
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Origin of centerfold

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; center + fold1
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Word Origin and History for centerfold

n.

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).

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