quatercentenary
noun Etymology: Latin quater four times + English centenary — more at quaternion Date: 1883 a 400th anniversary or its celebration

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  • quatercentenary — pronounced kwat , means ‘a four hundredth anniversary’ and is derived from the Latin word quater meaning ‘four times’. It is a common error to treat the word as if it began with quarter …   Modern English usage

  • quatercentenary — quat|er|cen|te|na|ry [ˌkwætəsenˈti:nəri US ˌkwa:tərsenˈten ] n plural quatercentenaries [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: quater four times + English centenary] the day or year exactly 400 years after a particular event quatercentenary of ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quatercentenary — UK [ˌkwætə(r)senˈtiːnərɪ] / US [ˌkwɑtərsenˈtenərɪ] noun [countable] Word forms quatercentenary : singular quatercentenary plural quatercentenaries formal a) a celebration of an important event that happened 400 years ago b) a date 400 years after …   English dictionary

  • quatercentenary — noun (C) the day or year exactly 400 years after a particular event: the quatercentenary of Shakespeare s birth …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • quatercentenary — /kwot euhr sen ten euh ree, sen tn er ee/; esp. Brit. /kwot euhr sen tee neuh ree/, adj., n., pl., quatercentenaries. n. 1. a 400th aniversary or its celebration. adj. 2. pertaining to or marking a period of 400 years; quatercentennial. [1880 85; …   Universalium

  • quatercentenary — noun A four hundredth anniversary …   Wiktionary

  • quatercentenary — qua|ter|cen|ten|a|ry [ ,kwatərsen tenəri ] noun count a celebration of an important event that happened 400 years ago a. a date 400 years after a particular event …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quatercentenary — n. 400th anniversary …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quatercentenary — [ˌkwatəsɛn ti:n(ə)ri, tɛn , ˌkweɪtə ] noun (plural quatercentenaries) a four hundredth anniversary. Origin C19: from L. quater four times + centenary …   English new terms dictionary

  • quatercentenary — quater·centenary …   English syllables

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