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centerpiece

[sen-ter-pees] /ˈsɛn tərˌpis/
noun
1.
an ornamental object used in a central position, especially on the center of a dining-room table.
2.
the central or outstanding point or feature:
The centerpiece of the evening was a play put on by the employees.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; center + piece
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centerpiece

n.

also center-piece, 1800, from center + piece (n.). Figurative sense is recorded from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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