Encaenia \En*c[ae]"ni*a\, n. pl. same as {Encenia}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Encaenia — is an academic ceremony usually performed at colleges or universities. It generally occurs some time near the annual ceremony for the general conference of degrees to students. The word is derived from the Greek word εγκαίνια , meaning a festival …   Wikipedia

  • ENCAENIA — festa erant dedicationis apud Graecos, de quibus Lill. Gyraldus l. 17. Hist. Deorum. Item apud Iudaeos, celebrata d. 25. noni mensis, Casleu dicti: idqueve in memoriam templi a Iuda Maccabaeo repurgati, triennio postquam ab Antiocho Epiphane… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • encaenia — [en sē′nē ə, ensēn′yə] pl.n. [altered (after L) < ME encennia < L encaenia < Gr enkainia < en , EN 2 + kainos, new: see CENE] [often with sing. v.] 1. a festival commemorating the founding of a city, church, university, etc. 2. [E ]… …   English World dictionary

  • encaenia — n. 1 (at Oxford University) an annual celebration in memory of founders and benefactors. 2 a dedication festival. Etymology: L f. Gk egkainia (as EN (2), kainos new) * * * enˈsēnyə, inˈ , nēə noun plural but singular or plural in construction… …   Useful english dictionary

  • encaenia — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Usage: often capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, dedication festival, from Greek enkainia, from en + kainos new more at recent Date: 1691 an annual university ceremony (as at Oxford) of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • encaenia — /en seen yeuh, see nee euh/, n. 1. (used with a pl. v.) festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church. 2. (often cap.) (often used with a sing. v.) ceremonies at Oxford University in honor of founders and …   Universalium

  • encaenia — en·cae·ni·a || en siːnjÉ™ n. anniversary festival of renewal of an institution or commemorating the founding of a city …   English contemporary dictionary

  • encaenia — en·cae·nia …   English syllables

  • encaenia — /ɛnˈsiniə/ (say en seeneeuh), /ən / (say uhn ) plural noun festive ceremonies commemorating the founding of a city or the consecration of a church. {Latin, from Greek enkainia consecration feast} …   Australian English dictionary

  • encaenia —   n. festival commemorating dedication or foundation …   Dictionary of difficult words

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