bicentennials

bicentennial

[bahy-sen-ten-ee-uhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or in honor of a 200th anniversary: bicentennial celebration; a bicentennial exposition.
2.
consisting of or lasting 200 years: a bicentennial period.
3.
occurring every 200 years: the bicentennial return of a comet.
noun
4.
a 200th anniversary: The United States had its bicentennial in 1976.
5.
a celebration of such an anniversary.
Also, especially British, bicentenary.


Origin:
1880–85; bi-1 + centennial

bicentennially, adverb


See bi-1.
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bicentennial
also, in 19c., bi-centennial; 1843 (adj.), 1871 (noun), Amer.Eng., from bi- + centennial (q.v.). In rivalry with bicentenary (1831) which seems to have been the more common word in Britain.
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