encaenia

encaenia

[en-seen-yuh, -see-nee-uh]
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church.
2.
(often initial capital letter) (often used with a singular verb) ceremonies at Oxford University in honor of founders and benefactors.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek enkaínia (neuter plural), equivalent to en- en-2 + -kainia, derivative of kainós new

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encaenia (ɛnˈsiːnɪə)
 
n
rare a festival of dedication or commemoration
 
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek enkainia, from kainos new]

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