Definition of centennial in English:



North American
  • Relating to a hundredth anniversary.

    ‘centennial celebrations’
    • ‘The Nobel Literature Prize, first awarded to French author Sully Prudhomme in 1901, is worth US $943,000 in this centennial year.’
    • ‘By 1976, the year ACS celebrated its centennial anniversary, membership in the organization had grown to over 112,000 chemists, chemical engineers, and chemistry students.’
    • ‘In this centennial year of Rotary International, Dublin Fingal Rotary Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary.’
    • ‘In time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of human flight, Flight Simulator 2004 is both a tribute to the Wright brother's historic first trip and a follow-up to its predecessor Flight Simulator 2002.’
    • ‘Scripps turns 100 years old on September 26, 2003 and is awarding the prize during its centennial celebration week.’
    • ‘This year marks the centennial anniversary of the peaceful dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway, so it's highly likely many Norwegians are swigging down many pints of Ringnes now.’
    • ‘Like the centennial celebration in 1905, the bicentennial has a peculiar ability to conflate understandings of the past with aesthetic and economic valuations of nature.’
    • ‘The White Sox and Cubs will meet in the World Series on the centennial anniversary of ‘the greatest tragedy this city has ever known.’’
    • ‘The property was purchased and reorganized as the Centennial Mining Company in 1876, taking its name from the centennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.’
    • ‘These items were created by local artist Sharon Edmonds, as part of the congregation's celebration of its centennial year.’
    • ‘During this year's centennial celebration, I'd like to help change that.’
    • ‘Its fate - and the names of the four new colors - will be announced on October 11 at Crayola's centennial celebration in Easton.’
    • ‘This year's commemoration of Sukarno's death coincides with the centennial celebration of his birth anniversary, which took place on June 6.’
    • ‘That was back in 1967, that centennial year of stylized maple leaf flags and Montreal's Expo.’
    • ‘The mural is expected to be completed by September 15 and will be part of the centennial celebrations of the City of Regina.’
    • ‘Klein announced the final $3 billion on the debt would be paid in full in time for the province's centennial celebrations next year.’
    • ‘His explanation that the money saved would be budgeted towards the city's centennial celebration on New Year's didn't wash with angry citizens.’
    • ‘At the same time this date coincided with Wolfe Tone Day, the largest celebration of the 1798 Rising in Ireland during the centennial year.’
    • ‘A generalization of Morley's theorem would be an appropriate contribution to the coming centennial anniversary of the discovery of this wonderful result.’


North American
  • A hundredth anniversary.

    ‘the show is a celebration of the museum's centennial’
    • ‘The opera will mark the 450th anniversary of Ukon's birth and the centennial of Japanese migration to the Philippines.’
    • ‘This year is the centennial of Norway's independence from Sweden on June 7, 1905.’
    • ‘This year marks the centennial of Dr. Seuss's birth - an event that in a strange way seems slightly beside the point.’
    • ‘This year marks the centennial of the introduction of the venerable variety which was unveiled in England in 1899 by hybridizer John Kendall.’
    • ‘This year is the centennial for a treaty under which Japan deprived Korea of its power to conduct foreign affairs, a prelude to Japan's annexation of the Korean Peninsula in 1910.’
    • ‘But our centennial is not just a time to reflect upon our past accomplishments.’
    • ‘This year is the centennial of the Nobel Prize in Physics shared by Henri Becquerel and the Curies for their pioneering work on radioactivity.’
    • ‘This year is the centennial of Albert Einstein formulating his theory of relativity.’
    • ‘This year marks the centennial of James McNeil Whistler's death, and a number of exhibitions and related events have been organized to commemorate it.’
    • ‘Its centennial was marked by a ceremony last month in north-central Alberta that was attended by Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart.’
    • ‘Next year marks the centennial of the start of the Russo-Japanese War.’
    • ‘This year, marking the centennial of the disaster, three books retell the Mount Pelee story.’
    • ‘Rotary celebrates its centennial in February next year.’
    • ‘The event this year will mark a centennial: in 1905, the union between Norway and Sweden was dissolved peacefully and Norwegian musicians are going to be very much a part of the music festival this year.’
    • ‘This year marks the centennial of the great prize devised by Alfred Nobel.’
    • ‘The centennial and bicentennial of Columbus's legendary voyages passed largely unmarked in the colonies.’
    • ‘One could hardly hope to commemorate Isabella Stewart Gardner and the centennial of her museum more suitably than through the remembrance of one of her most prestigious renaissance peers.’
    • ‘The exhibition is being presented in honour of the Academy's 75th anniversary and the centennial of the Hawaii Shingon Mission.’
    • ‘Udvar-Hazy's entire donation will go toward the Dulles Center, which is expected to open in December 2003, the centennial of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.’
    • ‘CRT will develop and implement a detailed and wide-ranging plan to increase awareness of centennial events and the centennial itself, which will occur on December 17, 2003.’


Late 18th century: from Latin centum ‘a hundred’, on the pattern of biennial.