Definition of quincentenary in English:



  • The five-hundredth anniversary of a significant event.

    ‘1992, the quincentenary of Columbus's discovery’
    • ‘Many books, published just before the quincentenary of Columbus's arrival in this continent in 1492, ignore the destructive influence of Columbus's arrival.’
    • ‘An infamous example was the quincentenary of Columbus in Santo Domingo in 1992.’
    • ‘The quincentenary is a significant public event and the Royal Mail has a tradition of recognising significant institutions who have contributed to the public good.’
    • ‘The series goes a long way toward explaining, if inadvertently, why the quincentenary turned into a fiasco.’
    • ‘1992 marked the quincentenary of Columbus' first landfall in America, and led to a spate of conferences, exhibitions, and books reflecting on the complex legacy of the Genoese navigator's voyage.’
    • ‘The exhibition coincides with the quincentenary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.’
    • ‘A few years ago, writing a biography of Christopher Columbus for the quincentenary of his discoveries, I came across a wonderful Spanish term - querencia - usually translated as ‘love of home’.’


  • Relating to a five-hundredth anniversary.

    • ‘In his annual report, he said they must work to preserve the mutual goodwill that came out of the quincentenary celebrations.’
    • ‘Among the few quincentenary projects to reach a satisfactory conclusion is a twelve-volume series called, somewhat portentously, the Repertorium Columbianum.’


Late 19th century: from Latin quinque ‘five’ + centenary.