- (used with a plural verb) festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church.
- (often initial capital letter) (often used with a singular verb) ceremonies at Oxford University in honor of founders and benefactors.
Origin of encaenia
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek enkaínia (neuter plural), equivalent to en- en-2 + -kainia, derivative of kainós new
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Examples from the Web for encaenia
Music was from the first a regular feature of the Encaenia, and compositions were written for it.The Oxford Degree Ceremony
It is also the name for the annual act, or Encaenia, the ceremonial closing of the academic year at Oxford University.
- rare a festival of dedication or commemoration
C14: via Late Latin from Greek enkainia, from kainos new