Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
The hundredth anniversary of a significant event; a centennial.
Examples of Centenary in a sentence
"The town was excitedly anticipating the parade for the centenary."
"The school had a festival to mark the centenary of its founding."
Popularity Over Time
Centenary can be used as both an adjective and a noun. It comes from the Latin words "centenarius" and "centum," which mean "denoting a hundred" and "a hundred," respectively.
Did you Know?
Places or events are not the only subjects of a hundred year anniversary — people celebrating their hundreth birthday are observing a centenary of their own.