[ sen-ter-pees ]
/ ˈsɛn tərˌpis /


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

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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