Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A 500th anniversary or celebration.
  • adj. Of or relating to a span of 500 years or to a 500th anniversary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A five-hundredth anniversary.
  • adj. Pertaining to a quincentenary; quincentennial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or consisting of five hundred, especially five hundred years.
  • n. That which consists of or comprehends five hundred.
  • n. A five-hundredth anniversary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
  • adj. of or relating to a 500th anniversary

Etymologies

From Latin quīngentī, quīncentī, five hundred (on the model of such words as tercentenary); see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Despite being a quincentenary event it was also a no-frills affair: no shirt-waving or mamba-style encores here.

    Belshazzar's Feast; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas project – review

  • But in 1992, there were essentially no national or regional celebrations to mark an extraordinary numerical anniversary: the quincentenary of the European discovery of the New World.

    Gary S. Chafetz: Review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney

  • The Magic Voyage, a film from director Michael Schoemann, released in conjunction with the quincentenary of Columbus's "discovery" of America.

    Getting Medieval with Dom DeLuise (1933-2009)

  • Published to coincide with Columbus's rather sour quincentenary, The Discovery of America, a handsomely produced album of over two hundred works by Saul Steinberg, made a rather melancholy impression upon this peruser, the causes of which I will try to discover.

    What He Didn't Tell the New Kitty

  • London: The Royal Academy's best rooms look even more handsome than usual with the installation of "Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy," an exhibition celebrating the quincentenary of the influential architect's birth.

    Palladio's Oeuvre: Majestic, Beautiful, But Also Functional

  • Hoping to repeat the ratings of last year's "The Civil War," as well as steal a jump on the Columbus quincentenary hoopla, public TV has produced the kind of epic documentary the networks long ago abandoned.

    Rediscovering America

  • Commissioned for the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, "The Voyage" sailed into the Met right on schedule last week, exactly 500 years after the famous landing.

    Santa Maria And Spaceships

  • The reason for the film was the celebration of OUP's quincentenary -- 1478 to 1978, with a special logo and all; it seemed to be a good excuse to celebrate OUP's eccentricity and gentlemanly amateurishness combined with some rather downplayed commercial sense.

    Old films a go go

  • There were very few women -- one in the publicity meeting which they used to open the film marketing discussions for the quincentenary -- what design of glass goblet should be picked?

    Old films a go go

  • One of the more interesting and colourful textual contributions to the quincentenary celebrations of this heroic figure and his historic legacy is by Paolo Taviani, Vice President of the Italian Senate.

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