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centerfold

[sen-ter-fohld] /ˈsɛn tərˌfoʊld/
noun
2.
a gatefold bound into the center of a magazine or book signature.
3.
a photograph of a woman or man in a nude or seminude pose appearing on a magazine centerfold.
4.
the person in such a photograph.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism; center + fold1
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Examples for centerfold
  • They wanted probing features, in-depth profiles, revealing centerfold shots.
  • All numbered farms correspond to the map in the centerfold.
  • The project delivery system is illustrated in the booklet's centerfold, and is explained in the following pages.
  • The volatile matter contains the parent compounds that are used to produce the products shown in the centerfold.
  • The newsletter centerfold showed the six alternatives superimposed on an aerial photograph of the town.
  • Before the map could be scanned, each section had to be flattened, because design elements were obscured in the centerfold.
  • Look for the coastal map centerfold for orientation.
  • Tri-fold the letter, and attach correctly prepared mailing labels to the centerfold.
  • Read on, and be sure to check the related articles and boxes in this centerfold section.
British Dictionary definitions for centerfold

centrefold

/ˈsɛntəˌfəʊld/
noun
1.
a large coloured illustration folded so that it forms the central spread of a magazine
2.
  1. a photograph of a nude or nearly nude woman (or man) in a magazine on such a spread
  2. the subject of such a photograph
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Word Origin and History for centerfold
centerfold
"fold-out center spread of a magazine or newspaper," by 1954, from center + fold. Used especially for illustrations of comely women, hence "woman who poses as a centerfold model" (by 1965).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for centerfold

centerfold

noun

A sexually desirable person: a woman with a centerfold's chest going for her

[1960s+; fr the photographs of such persons decorating the centerfolds of erotic magazines]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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