[ kwin-sen-ten-uh-ree, kwin-sen-tn-er-ee; especially British kwin-sen-tee-nuh-ree ]
/ ˌkwɪn sɛnˈtɛn ə ri, kwɪnˈsɛn tnˌɛr i; especially British ˌkwɪn sɛnˈti nə ri /

noun, plural quin·cen·ten·ar·ies.

a 500th anniversary or its celebration.


pertaining to or marking a period of 500 years; quincentennial.

Origin of quincentenary

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British Dictionary definitions for quincentenary

/ (ˌkwɪnsɛnˈtiːnərɪ) /

noun plural -naries

a 500th anniversary or the year or celebration marking it

Derived forms of quincentenary

quincentennial (ˌkwɪnsɛnˈtɛnɪəl), adjective, noun

Word Origin for quincentenary

C19: irregularly from Latin quinque five + centenary
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