[ kwot-er-sen-ten-uh-ree, -sen-tn-er-ee; especially British kwot-er-sen-tee-nuh-ree ]
/ ˌkwɒt ər sɛnˈtɛn ə ri, -ˈsɛn tnˌɛr i; especially British ˌkwɒt ər sɛnˈti nə ri /
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noun, plural quat·er·cen·ten·ar·ies.
a 400th aniversary or its celebration.
pertaining to or marking a period of 400 years; quatercentennial.
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Origin of quatercentenary
1880–85; <Latin quater four times + centenary
Words nearby quatercentenary
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British Dictionary definitions for quatercentenary
/ (ˌkwætəsɛnˈtiːnərɪ) /
noun plural -naries
a 400th anniversary or the year or celebration marking it
Derived forms of quatercentenaryquatercentennial (ˌkwætəsɛnˈtɛnɪəl), adjective, noun
Word Origin for quatercentenary
C19: from Latin quater four times + centenary
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