Definition of bicentenary in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbīsenˈtenərē//bīˈsen(t)əˌnerē/


  • The two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event.

    ‘last year's commemoration of the bicentenary of Mozart's birth’


  • Relating to a two-hundredth anniversary.

    ‘the huge bicentenary celebrations’
    • ‘Next year is the bicentenary of Andersen's birth, and his native Denmark will marshal an enthusiastic programme of celebrations.’
    • ‘Many organisations will have eyed the bicentenary of the train as a platform for special events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He hopes the uniform can be put on display in time for the bicentenary of his ancestor's birth on December 20 this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Muskets, drunken rebels and burning torches: next month marks the bicentenary of one of our bloodiest uprisings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This became the template for an educational reenactment that was to be repeated fifteen years later during the bicentenary.’
    • ‘So you have a bicentenary, a centenary and a present day feat all remembered together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our bicentenary is approaching, in another 10 years.’
    • ‘11 years ago, the bicentenary of the French Revolution produced a parade of breathtaking proportions down the Champs Elysées.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’