from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Quincentenary.
- n. A quincentenary event or celebration.
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- adj. Relating to a 500th anniversary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to a period of five hundred years; happening every five hundred years: as, a quincentennial celebration.
- n. A five-hundredth anniversary.
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- n. the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
- adj. of or relating to a 500th anniversary
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While the Columbus quincentennial is a stroke of luck for the PR-conscious space agency, there are sound scientific reasons for listening to the seemingly empty, lifeless expanse of the light-years now.
And I had expected that quincentennial to be just a grand and glorious affair, on everybody's lips and on every newspaper.
Mr. SALE: Probably the book on Christopher Columbus that I wrote that came out in time for the quincentennial in 1992.
Despite the frenzied scholarship commemorating, or desecrating, the quincentennial of Columbus 'arrival in the Caribbean, very little has been done to explore the multifarious natures of European colonial practices in relation to each other.
The American quincentennial year drew to a close with barely a mention of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea and would-be 'Viceroy of India.'
Now that we have bid a last lingering adiós to Columbus and his quincentennial,  we can look back on a noisy, and sometimes productive, encounter.
In a round-up of work generated by the quincentennial, and included in Beyond 1492, a lively volume of lectures and essays itself generated by the same event, James Axtell lists conferences, books, and exhibitions bearing such titles as Early European Encounters with the Americas, American Encounters, Cannibal Encounters, Rethinking the Encounter, and Maps and the Columbian Encounter.
'Encounter,' indeed, has been the quintessential quincentennial word, displacing the once respectable but now suspect 'discovery,' and firmly placing the emphasis, not (as in 1892) on the superiority of Western science, technology, and civilization, but on the global confrontation between European and non-European.
I ask him how he looks on the impending quincentennial of Christopher Columbus.
They hold a very, very critical position on anything that has to do with the quincentennial.