Definition of bicentennial in English:



  • The two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event.

    ‘a year-long celebration marking the bicentennial of Poe's birth’
    • ‘This year is the bicentennial of the birth of Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most famous political commentators about America.’
    • ‘The bicentennial of the duo's journey is being celebrated all year.’
    • ‘As time keeps marching toward the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, scholarship about the sixteenth president continues apace.’
    • ‘The bicentennial of the country's independence was celebrated amid political chaos and abject poverty.’
    • ‘The centennial and bicentennial of Columbus's legendary voyages passed largely unmarked in the colonies.’
    • ‘The show, which celebrates the bicentennial of the Academy, will include interviews with famous alumni.’
    • ‘It was republished in 1998 on the occasion of the bicentennial of the 1798 rebellion but now John wants to bring the story to a wider stage.’
    • ‘During the summer of 1976, cascading fireworks and majestic tall ships ushered in this nation's Fourth of July bicentennial.’
    • ‘This year sees the bicentennial of Haitian independence.’
    • ‘True to this deeper sentiment, the bicentennial of the expedition is increasingly described as nothing less than a unique and profound opportunity for national redemption.’
    • ‘We will be celebrating the bicentennial of their great accomplishments for the next three years.’
    • ‘Two bicentennials are being celebrated in Saint Louis this year - the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.’
    • ‘Where does all this leave us today with regard to the philosopher and his legacy at the bicentennial of his birth?’
    • ‘This recording was made in 1970, the Beethoven bicentennial, in Bonn - the city of the composer's birth.’
    • ‘In 2002, on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters established the Abel Prize for Mathematics.’
    • ‘Even before the presidency series began, there were two single-day conferences during the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution on the legislative and judicial branches.’
    • ‘On the bicentennial of the Constitution in 1987, a study reported that 46 percent of those queried did not know that the Constitution created a system of government.’
    • ‘The most prominent one is a bicentennial: it is 200 years since the world's first steam locomotive fired into life.’
    • ‘The committee wants something more significant and they want it during this year, the bicentennial of the revolution, an event recognized by the United Nations.’
    • ‘In celebration of the bicentennial of the Military Academy, there has been a flood of books on the august institution's history.’


  • Relating to a two-hundredth anniversary.

    ‘the bicentennial celebrations’
    • ‘The Australian People - the magisterial single-volume encyclopaedia of the Nation, its Peoples, and their Origins - was first released in Australia's bicentennial year of 1988.’
    • ‘From there, they went to Haiti for the island's bicentennial independence celebrations.’
    • ‘From there he was invited to participate in the Institution's bicentennial Festival of Folklife in 1976.’
    • ‘One aim of this project, which celebrates the library's bicentennial this year, is to obtain private contributions to use in developing the collection, an objective that has been successfully furthered by many generous donations.’
    • ‘Today, as the town nears its bicentennial anniversary, it still attracts people from all over.’
    • ‘The book was hailed upon its publication, coinciding with the nation's yearlong bicentennial celebration, as an historical document.’
    • ‘It also set a new world record for a non-stop run for steam by hauling a train for 422 miles when it toured Australia, where it played a key role in the country's bicentennial celebrations in 1988 and 1989.’
    • ‘John devised the pageant as part of St Peter's bicentennial celebrations.’
    • ‘While there have always been standard elementary and high school works about Lincoln, there seems to be a quickening of these works as Lincoln's bicentennial approaches.’
    • ‘The former student, meanwhile, agreed to be involved in planning the university's bicentennial celebration.’
    • ‘The bicentennial celebration continues on the west side of Central Park, where the historical society has organized a series of exhibitions to celebrate its anniversary.’
    • ‘Both are avid Revolutionary War re-enactors, participating in our nation's bicentennial celebration and now the 225th anniversary as well.’
    • ‘The Professor is currently co-ordinating the international bicentennial celebrations of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.’
    • ‘He hopes that the ship can go on display somewhere in the town as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the battle of Trafalgar in October.’
    • ‘The purpose built sail training ship was the UK's bicentennial gift to Australia in 1988.’
    • ‘A huge amount of literature exists on the history of the Military Academy, punctuated recently by the appearance of a significant new work whose publication marks that institution's bicentennial celebration.’
    • ‘This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Danish poet and writer.’
    • ‘In 1988, bicentennial events were promoted officially as the ‘celebration of a nation.’’
    • ‘These episodes were created to honor the country's bicentennial celebration.’
    • ‘Aptly in this bicentennial year of Trafalgar, the Senior Service was at the hub of ceremonies of remembrance to mark the nation's war dead at home and aboard.’