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1. Happening once every 200 years.
2. Lasting for 200 years.
3. Relating to a 200th anniversary.
A 200th anniversary or its celebration. Also called bicentenary.
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(ˌbaɪ sɛnˈtɛn i əl)

1. pertaining to a 200th anniversary.
2. lasting 200 years.
3. occurring every 200 years.
4. a 200th anniversary.
bi`cen•ten′ni•al•ly, adv.
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Noun1.bicentennial - the 200th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
anniversary, day of remembrance - the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)
Adj.1.bicentennial - of or relating to or completing a period of 200 years; "bicentennial celebration"
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n (mainly US) (= bicentenary) → bicentenaire m
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Following the bicentennials of Princeton and Penn and the tercentenary of Harvard, (1) Columbia sought to put its own mark on the ritual occasion.
Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 1954, Columbia University organized bicentennial symposia, publications, and ritual observances around the theme "Man's Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof." While not part of the original bicentennial plan, libraries became emblematic of its message.
Celebrating its bicentennial in 1954, at the height of the Cold War, Columbia University put the role of free information in a free society at the center of its 200th anniversary celebration.
On the advice of a committee of trustees, he appointed Arthur Sulzberger to chair the Bicentennial Central Committee and in late 1949 approved the adoption of Sulzberger's original theme, "Man's Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof," thus extending the focus beyond academic freedom.
As the Columbia Bicentennial Committee and public relations staff developed the celebration's theme, planned events, and invited speakers, university officials grappled with the possible presence of communists in their academic ranks.
The American Bison nickel is the third in a series of four new nickels being released in 2004-2005, honoring the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.