Definition of centerpiece in US English:



  • 1A decorative piece or display placed in the middle of a dining or serving table.

    • ‘In the middle of the table was a centerpiece put together with white roses.’
    • ‘The tablecloths were white, and a small lamp with a dark shade sat in the middle of the table as a centerpiece.’
    • ‘The table centerpieces will be a unique arrangement of berries, leaves and roses.’
    • ‘Setting the platter down as the table centerpiece, the cook returned to the kitchen to bring out stale bread and cheap wine.’
    • ‘The kids will have fun and will be less distracting if there was a more traditional centerpiece on the table.’
    • ‘When you're making a special gift bouquet or dinner party centerpiece, it's worthwhile to follow the rules.’
    • ‘In fact, if you want to leave us some instructions we would be happy to place the centerpieces on the tables after we dress them.’
    • ‘A few other ideas using persimmons include making wonderful centerpieces for a holiday table, as they are very ornamental with a pleasing shape and vivid color.’
    • ‘There was a very large artistic flower centerpiece on the head table.’
    • ‘During the baroque period, when the dining table was elaborately decorated, candy bowls and vessels such as this were displayed around large centerpieces or placed on special stands.’
    • ‘The large memory boxes are ideal for use as a conversational piece on a coffee table or an eye-catching centerpiece.’
    • ‘Online baby shower stores will carry table centerpieces of a much wider variety than the local merchants.’
    • ‘Set a number of bundles in a large wooden bread bowl and display at the entry or as a table centerpiece.’
    • ‘Noelle lifted her eyes from the table's centerpiece, a flower display.’
    • ‘Partially fill a plastic cauldron with hot water, and then add dry ice and a glow stick to create an eerie centerpiece for your table.’
    • ‘These are very easy to make and they make wonderful table centerpieces.’
    • ‘Tuck a few little eggs in the middle, and display as a centerpiece or on a mantel.’
    • ‘She decided that once she had made her full circle, she would return to the parlor and make a lovely bouquet for a table centerpiece.’
    • ‘Use patterned glasses for impromptu vases, creating centerpieces or table displays with an assortment of styles and sizes.’
    • ‘Although any aromatic herb is ideal for holiday decorations, wreaths, and table centerpieces, the following three have biblical links with Christmas.’
    1. 1.1 An item, issue, etc. intended to be a focus of attention.
      ‘the tower is the centerpiece of the park’
      • ‘Around this centerpiece was a small area of smooth marble tile, reaching out a few feet towards the beauty of the garden.’
      • ‘I stood there for what seemed like hours selecting each cuff and each jeweled centerpiece that would adorn it.’
      • ‘There was an exhibition on at the time, a collection of paintings by Titian, the centrepieces of which were, I believe, Ecce Homo and Christ Crowned With Thorns.’
      • ‘The centrepiece of the restored park will be a central focal point, where a variety of community events can be held.’
      • ‘Glittering snow globes delight children and adults alike, while individual ornaments ranging from three to 12 inches high provide dazzling centrepieces.’
      • ‘The centerpiece of the display is an exquisite turquoise and silver concha belt.’
      • ‘Set in the middle of an enormous national park, its centrepiece is a beautiful castle so big it takes up a whole island all of its own.’
      • ‘I opened it and found a silver necklace with a Moon Stone centerpiece.’
      • ‘About 50 photographs donated by Bartholdi's widow in 1907, as well as two models of the Gaget and Gauthier workshop where Lady Liberty was built, are the centrepieces of the display.’
      • ‘On Saturday, a peace candle will be the centrepiece of a sanctuary in Spinks Park.’
      • ‘You can use towels or blankets to wrap around the outside of each layer and add a teddy bear or other centerpiece on top of the diaper cake.’
      • ‘The temple forms the centrepiece of the Jain Community Centre, which opened last year.’
      • ‘The skull of a woolly mammoth found in a Wiltshire gravel pit will form the centrepiece of a new education centre.’
      highlight, main feature, high point, high spot, best part, climax
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