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centrepiece

/ˈsɛntəˌpiːs/
noun
1.
an object used as the centre of something, esp for decoration
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Contemporary Examples
  • The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.

Historical Examples
  • The table should be laid with a cloth rather than with doilies, and the centrepiece may be a birch-bark canoe, planted with ferns.

    Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell
  • The large glass of lemon ice was then placed between us as a "centrepiece."

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • The same thing is to be said of the centrepiece: one can have anything almost, but it should be all in white.

    Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell
  • The IMF is the cornerstone and centrepiece of the financial architecture of the world.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The Monte Cristo ridge is the centrepiece to the whole of this battle.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Mother has some in a larger bowl and it is really lovely as a centrepiece on the dining room table.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • The centrepiece and flange to hold the wheel to the arbor are turned and balanced.

  • The centrepiece, doilies, etc., used on the table should be embroidered with flax flowers in natural colors.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • For the centrepiece,” said I. “You sat opposite me at my first meal, bless you!

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton

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