Definition of bicentenary in English:

bicentenary

noun

  • The two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event.

    ‘last year's commemoration of the bicentenary of Mozart's birth’
    • ‘The Windeward Bound is a ship that's commemorating the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders's voyage.’
    • ‘The council was hosting a civic reception to mark the bicentenary of St Peter's Church in the town.’
    • ‘A meeting will take place in the sacristy of the Church next Monday after the evening Mass to finalise the preparations for the first anniversary of the bicentenary of the Church.’
    • ‘Written to appear for the bicentenary of the Revolution in 1989, as an Oxford History the book was conceived as a narrative for general readers rather than the student textbook it has nevertheless largely become.’
    • ‘Our bicentenary is approaching, in another 10 years.’
    • ‘But it did it and I'm quite surprised that the celebration, the bicentenary of this amazing event was not more widely publicised - it did appear in one of the English newspapers.’
    • ‘But as the bicentenary of its discovery approaches, morphine's combination of ready availability, clinical efficacy and familiarity to those who practice medicine continue to outweigh its vices.’
    • ‘Many organisations will have eyed the bicentenary of the train as a platform for special events.’
    • ‘The year 1998 marked the bicentenary of the publication of the famous Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus, in which he argued that the population of a region would always grow until checked by famine, pestilence or war.’
    • ‘Muskets, drunken rebels and burning torches: next month marks the bicentenary of one of our bloodiest uprisings’
    • ‘He was born in 1896 and died at the age of 92 years in 1988, the year of the bicentenary of his country of birth.’
    • ‘Next year is the bicentenary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the stretch of railway between Chippenham and Bath is a world heritage site.’
    • ‘Next year is the bicentenary of Andersen's birth, and his native Denmark will marshal an enthusiastic programme of celebrations.’
    • ‘So you have a bicentenary, a centenary and a present day feat all remembered together.’
    • ‘The bicentenary of the event will be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday with a new plaque in the Peace Gardens, plus a lecture and children's workshop.’
    • ‘He hopes the uniform can be put on display in time for the bicentenary of his ancestor's birth on December 20 this year.’
    • ‘11 years ago, the bicentenary of the French Revolution produced a parade of breathtaking proportions down the Champs Elysées.’
    • ‘This became the template for an educational reenactment that was to be repeated fifteen years later during the bicentenary.’
    • ‘The year marks the bicentenary of the running of the world's first steam locomotive - the Penydarren - as well as the 100th anniversary of the first 100 mph run.’
    • ‘The completion of the Scottish songs recording project will coincide with the bicentenary of Haydn's death and the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth in 2009.’

adjective

  • Relating to a two-hundredth anniversary.

    ‘the huge bicentenary celebrations’
    • ‘He hopes the uniform can be put on display in time for the bicentenary of his ancestor's birth on December 20 this year.’
    • ‘So you have a bicentenary, a centenary and a present day feat all remembered together.’
    • ‘And indeed, Sandian studies and bicentenary celebrations can be found in many different countries but we haven't been able to find anything here.’
    • ‘The ex-pupils would be heartily welcomed to all the functions in connection with the bicentenary festival.’
    • ‘Also as part of bicentenary events, the museum is showcasing the ‘Trafalgar Roll’, which is the result of two decades' research by a couple of historians into as many of the sailors who served at the battle as possible.’
    • ‘Our bicentenary is approaching, in another 10 years.’
    • ‘As part of the bicentenary celebrations, the society has organized an exhibition featuring works by all its presidents.’
    • ‘It means we will have a beautiful railway arch in plenty of time for the bicentenary celebrations of its architect.’
    • ‘A hundred years from now the bicentenary federation celebrations will surely have a different group in pride of place - we cannot imagine right now who it will be.’
    • ‘The biggest international naval review since the bicentenary celebrations will be launched on Friday, July 27.’
    • ‘The year marks the bicentenary of the running of the world's first steam locomotive - the Penydarren - as well as the 100th anniversary of the first 100 mph run.’
    • ‘Written to appear for the bicentenary of the Revolution in 1989, as an Oxford History the book was conceived as a narrative for general readers rather than the student textbook it has nevertheless largely become.’
    • ‘The year 1998 marked the bicentenary of the publication of the famous Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus, in which he argued that the population of a region would always grow until checked by famine, pestilence or war.’
    • ‘Muskets, drunken rebels and burning torches: next month marks the bicentenary of one of our bloodiest uprisings’
    • ‘The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich is to host a joint retrospective of the bicentenary year of the battle of Trafalgar.’
    • ‘As part of the Royal Horticultural Society's bicentenary celebrations, there will be an Apple Festival in various locations on various dates between October 10 and 31.’
    • ‘Noted for his efficiency, courtesy and sense of fair play, Seán was the County co-ordinator for the 1798 bicentenary celebrations.’
    • ‘Next year is the bicentenary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the stretch of railway between Chippenham and Bath is a world heritage site.’
    • ‘Next year is the bicentenary of Andersen's birth, and his native Denmark will marshal an enthusiastic programme of celebrations.’
    • ‘But it did it and I'm quite surprised that the celebration, the bicentenary of this amazing event was not more widely publicised - it did appear in one of the English newspapers.’
    • ‘In fact, the troupe first staged the play in Delhi at the behest of the French Embassy on the occasion of Hugo's bicentenary celebrations.’
    • ‘The council was hosting a civic reception to mark the bicentenary of St Peter's Church in the town.’
    • ‘A tale about a villager teaching toads to sing La Marseillaise as part of the French Revolution bicentenary celebrations is typical.’
    • ‘On Thursday evening a candlelight procession through the grounds is also expected to be an integral part of the bicentenary celebrations.’
    • ‘The bicentenary parade, featuring National Pike Groups, the Gleneagle marching band and a visiting pipe band will lead the parade and groups will march in traditional clothing of the time and will carry pikes and replica weapons.’
    • ‘After lunch the President will visit St. Peter's Church to mark the bicentenary celebrations from 2.15 pm to 3.15 pm.’
    • ‘Many organisations will have eyed the bicentenary of the train as a platform for special events.’
    • ‘The completion of the Scottish songs recording project will coincide with the bicentenary of Haydn's death and the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth in 2009.’
    • ‘The festival, from Saturday 29 May until Saturday 6 June, will be the biggest event of the bicentenary year, with an amazing variety of more than 100 heritage steam and diesel locomotives on show.’
    • ‘He was born in 1896 and died at the age of 92 years in 1988, the year of the bicentenary of his country of birth.’
    • ‘But as the bicentenary of its discovery approaches, morphine's combination of ready availability, clinical efficacy and familiarity to those who practice medicine continue to outweigh its vices.’
    • ‘11 years ago, the bicentenary of the French Revolution produced a parade of breathtaking proportions down the Champs Elysées.’
    • ‘The bicentenary celebration was combined with the harvest festival service on Friday and the packed church was appropriately decorated for the occasion.’
    • ‘The Windeward Bound is a ship that's commemorating the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders's voyage.’
    • ‘Children met Hans Christian Andersen characters as part of the bicentenary festivities organised to mark the anniversary of his birth.’
    • ‘As part of the bicentenary celebrations the Society is producing a facsimile of the Naval Gold Medal for Trafalgar, awarded posthumously to the hero of the Senior Service.’
    • ‘The bicentenary of the event will be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday with a new plaque in the Peace Gardens, plus a lecture and children's workshop.’
    • ‘‘The Triumph of Watercolour’ is an appropriate title for the Royal Watercolour Society's bicentenary show at the Picture Gallery.’
    • ‘This became the template for an educational reenactment that was to be repeated fifteen years later during the bicentenary.’
    • ‘A meeting will take place in the sacristy of the Church next Monday after the evening Mass to finalise the preparations for the first anniversary of the bicentenary of the Church.’

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