sesquicentennial

[ ses-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uh l ]
/ ˌsɛs kwɪ sɛnˈtɛn i əl /
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adjective

pertaining to or marking the completion of a period of 150 years.

noun

a 150th anniversary or its celebration.

Nearby words

  1. sesostris i,
  2. sesotho,
  3. sesqui-,
  4. sesquialtera,
  5. sesquicarbonate,
  6. sesquihydrate,
  7. sesquioxide,
  8. sesquipedalian,
  9. sesquiplane,
  10. sesquiterpene

Origin of sesquicentennial

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; sesqui- + centennial

Related formsses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for sesquicentennial

sesquicentennial

/ (ˌsɛskwɪsɛnˈtɛnɪəl) /

adjective

of or relating to a period of 150 years

noun

a period or cycle of 150 years
a 150th anniversary or its celebration
Derived Formssesquicentennially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for sesquicentennial

sesquicentennial

adj.

"pertaining to a century and a half," 1878, from sesqui- + centennial. As a noun from 1880; first recorded reference is to Baltimore's.

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