or ter·cen·ten·ni·al

[tur-sen-ten-uh-ree, tur-sen-tn-er-ee; especially British tur-sen-tee-nuh-ree]

Origin of tercentenary

First recorded in 1835–45; ter- + centenary
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Examples from the Web for tercentenary

Historical Examples of tercentenary

  • We are celebrating the tercentenary of their arrival at Plymouth.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik Van Loon

  • Associated words: tercentenary, tricentenary, tri-centennial.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • At their tercentenary festival in 1875, tne Leyden University printed a list of their students from their foundation to that year.

  • The anniversary of the tercentenary of Shakespeare was to be celebrated in this city on St. George's day.

    A Soldier's Life

    Edwin G. Rundle

  • The first beam has struck one of the lofty pinnacles, and made laughter and gaiety of its tercentenary gloom.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

British Dictionary definitions for tercentenary



  1. of or relating to a period of 300 years
  2. of or relating to a 300th anniversary or its celebration
noun plural -tenaries or -tennials
  1. an anniversary of 300 years or its celebration
Also called: tricentennial
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Word Origin and History for tercentenary

1844, "pertaining to a period of 300 years," from ter- "three times" + centenary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper