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[kwot-er-sen-ten-uh-ree, -sen-tn-er-ee; especially British kwot-er-sen-tee-nuh-ree]
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noun, plural quat·er·cen·ten·ar·ies.
  1. a 400th aniversary or its celebration.
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  1. pertaining to or marking a period of 400 years; quatercentennial.
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Origin of quatercentenary

1880–85; < Latin quater four times + centenary
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British Dictionary definitions for quatercentenary


noun plural -naries
  1. a 400th anniversary or the year or celebration marking it
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Derived Formsquatercentennial (ˌkwætəsɛnˈtɛnɪəl), adjective, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin quater four times + centenary
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