En*ce"ni*a\, n. pl. [LL. encaenia, fr. Gr. ? a feast of dedication; ? in + ? new.] A festival commemorative of the founding of a city or the consecration of a church; also, the ceremonies (as at Oxford and Cambridge, England) commemorative of founders or benefactors.
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