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encaenia

[ en-seen-yuh, -see-nee-uh ]

noun

  1. (used with a plural verb) festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church.
  2. (often initial capital letter) (often used with a singular verb) ceremonies at Oxford University in honor of founders and benefactors.


encaenia

/ ɛnˈsiːnɪə /

noun

  1. rare.
    a festival of dedication or commemoration


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Word History and Origins

Origin of encaenia1

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek enkaínia (neuter plural), equivalent to en- en- 2 + -kainia, derivative of kainós new

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Word History and Origins

Origin of encaenia1

C14: via Late Latin from Greek enkainia, from kainos new

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Example Sentences

It is also the name for the annual act, or Encaenia, the ceremonial closing of the academic year at Oxford University.

Music was from the first a regular feature of the Encaenia, and compositions were written for it.

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