Definition of centenary in US English:



  • The hundredth anniversary of a significant event; a centennial.

    ‘the society has just celebrated its centenary’
    ‘the stunning vitality of a musician who is nearing his centenary’
    • ‘The club, who will be celebrating their centenary in six years' time, will continue with their junior section.’
    • ‘The club has an exhaustive list of planned events to mark the centenary, including a gala evening and dinner at Pittodrie, a rock concert at the stadium and official celebrations on the city's Union Street.’
    • ‘Upwards of 500 people packed into the classrooms and halls of Killorglin Community College this week to celebrate the centenary of Technical Colleges in Kerry.’
    • ‘This month sees the centenary of the events that began the 1905 Revolution.’
    • ‘The exhibition marks the centenary of Bloomsday, June 16th 1904, the day on which James Joyce first walked out with Nora Barnacle.’
    • ‘The large airshow will commemorate the centenary of this event.’
    • ‘Their task is to decorate a life-sized cut-out of their local identity, as part of a national centenary of federation event called Peoplescape.’
    • ‘The coming year will bring its share of centenaries and anniversaries but few will be as significant as next Sunday's.’
    • ‘On February 7 a service was held at the Baptist chapel, to celebrate the centenary of its re-opening on February 4, 1904.’
    • ‘This year we celebrate the centenary of a discovery without which you could well be dead.’
    • ‘Last year, the nation celebrated its Centenary of Federation while the Australian Army also celebrated the centenary of its formation.’
    • ‘Opened on August 20, 1904, by the Duke of Devonshire, the grade two listed building is hosting a number of events throughout the year to mark its centenary.’
    • ‘The Holy Rosary Church is located in the heart of the village and this month celebrates its centenary.’
    • ‘At the end of this month pupils will celebrate the centenary of the re-opening of the school.’
    • ‘Sponsored by the Shanghai Women's Federation, the exhibition opened on February 4, the centenary of Deng's birthday, and will run until May 7.’
    • ‘Later this month it will celebrate the centenary of the completion of this work.’
    • ‘Residents in Sabden are celebrating a special centenary today - the 100th anniversary of their small village achieving its ‘independence’.’
    • ‘Red Shift's tour of The Third Man was launched as part of a nationwide programme of events marking the centenary of acclaimed author Graham Greene.’
    • ‘And it is to salute the centenary of this event that I am talking about William Osler at this particular moment.’
    • ‘On the centenary of that event I wrote one of my first newspaper articles.’


  • Relating to a hundredth anniversary; centennial.

    ‘the centenary year of the artist's birth’
    • ‘All very timely, this being the centenary month of Orwell's birth and all.’
    • ‘Yesterday's excursion into the Alps, just one week into this year's centenary Tour, came unusually early.’
    • ‘Van Rooyen, who was guest speaker at the Hamiltons Rugby Club's centenary dinner, said the team would play against similar amateur teams from countries like France and Bulgaria.’
    • ‘In this, the national theatre's centenary year, this new production of the Abbey's signature play does not suffer in comparison with Garry Hynes's Druid staging last February.’
    • ‘Last year's centenary championship elevated the sport to unprecedented heights, with over 100,000 members and more clubs registered than ever.’
    • ‘Joined the Abbey board in 1999 and is chairman of the theatre's centenary fundraising committee.’
    • ‘As a tribute to the close relationship with Ipswich, F - 111 A8-144's tail has been painted with the city's centenary logo.’
    • ‘It was a combined service to allow for a series of photographs of the congregation to be taken for inclusion in a historical review centenary coffee table book on Trinity.’
    • ‘Production is by Michael Hunt who directed the opera's centenary production in London in 1996.’
    • ‘Blair's centenary speech was a factionally motivated gallop through Labour's history, delivered with the aim of silencing his critics.’
    • ‘The show was the most successful in the Abbey's centenary programme.’
    • ‘A month earlier it picked up the Edinburgh Architectural Association's centenary medal.’
    • ‘Cycling has never looked so noble as in this centenary race.’
    • ‘Executive chef at the Balmoral's Number One restaurant in Edinburgh, Bland is overseeing the hotel's centenary ball, to be held on October 11.’
    • ‘The chimes are sounding at Royal Naval Reserve unit HMS Eaglet after it was presented with a replacement bell in time for centenary commemorations.’
    • ‘This is the centenary month of Arne Jacobsen's birth, and his lifework is celebrated in two exhibitions in Denmark, and a new book.’
    • ‘The myriad developments that have had their impact on the profession are too numerous to fit into one article-that's why we'll be publishing a series of centenary highlights throughout the year.’
    • ‘Simeon Solomon's magnificent centenary retrospective in Birmingham reveals an artist whose work is suffused with trangressive sexuality’
    • ‘Sir William said that, in the army's centenary year, we mourn all the men and women who have died in the course of its service, from the Boer War to Vietnam and in other peacekeeping duties and conflicts.’
    • ‘And on the spot where it was founded, Zurich Insurance will host the centenary reception on January 13, ushering in the year's events.’


Early 17th century (denoting a century): from Latin centenarius ‘containing a hundred’, based on Latin centum ‘a hundred’.