Centerpiece
Centerpiece Cen"ter*piece`, Centrepiece Cen"tre*piece`, n. 1. An ornament to be placed in the center, as of a table, ceiling, atc.; a central article or figure. [1913 Webster]

2. the central or most important feature of an activity, plan, or object; as, the centerpiece of her campaign was a proposal to slash taxes. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • centerpiece — 1803, from CENTER (Cf. center) + PIECE (Cf. piece). Figurative sense is recorded from 1937 …   Etymology dictionary

  • centerpiece — [n] highlight best part, center of attention, climax, focal point, heart, high point, high spot, hub, keynote, main event, main feature, nucleus; concept 832 …   New thesaurus

  • centerpiece — [sent′ər pēs΄] n. an ornament, bowl of flowers, etc. for the center of a table …   English World dictionary

  • centerpiece — noun Date: 1803 1. an object occupying a central position; especially an adornment in the center of a table 2. one that is of central importance or interest in a larger whole < the centerpiece of a political agenda > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • centerpiece — /sen teuhr pees /, n. 1. an ornamental object used in a central position, esp. 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. [1830 40;… …   Universalium

  • centerpiece — cen|ter|piece [ sentər,pis ] noun count 1. ) a decoration or arrangement of flowers that you put in the middle of something, especially in the middle of a table 2. ) the most important feature of something: Clearly health care is the centerpiece… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • centerpiece — noun 1. the central or most important feature education was the centerpiece of the Democratic Party s political platform • Syn: ↑centrepiece • Hypernyms: ↑feature, ↑characteristic 2. something placed at the center of something else (as on a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centerpiece — n. decoration placed in the center (of a table, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • centerpiece — cen•ter•piece [[t]ˈsɛn tərˌpis[/t]] n. 1) an ornamental object used on the center of a dining table 2) cvb the central or outstanding point or feature • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • Centrepiece — Centerpiece Cen ter*piece , Centrepiece Cen tre*piece , n. 1. An ornament to be placed in the center, as of a table, ceiling, atc.; a central article or figure. [1913 Webster] 2. the central or most important feature of an activity, plan, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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