an ornamental object used in a central position, especially on the center of a dining-room table.
the central or outstanding point or feature: The centerpiece of the evening was a play put on by the employees.

Origin of centerpiece

First recorded in 1830–40; center + piece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for centerpiece

climax, heart, keynote, nucleus, hub

Examples from the Web for centerpiece

Contemporary Examples of centerpiece

Historical Examples of centerpiece

  • They have a centerpiece and panels to match the ends of the closet.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • The fruit should be heaped in a basket or arranged as a centerpiece with the flowers.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • It was large enough to form the centerpiece of some stately necklace or tiara.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy

  • Have table prettily decorated with a centerpiece of ice and ferns.

  • Next goes the centerpiece which is always the chief ornament.


    Emily Post

Word Origin and History for centerpiece

also center-piece, 1800, from center + piece (n.). Figurative sense is recorded from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper