Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. Something in a central position, especially a decorative object or arrangement placed at the center of a table.
2. The central or most important feature: "Now comes decontrol, the centerpiece of [the President's] energy program" (Tom Alexander).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈsɛn tərˌpis)

1. an ornamental object used on the center of a dining table.
2. the central or outstanding point or feature.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.centerpiece - the central or most important featurecenterpiece - the central or most important feature; "education was the centerpiece of the Democratic Party's political platform"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
2.centerpiece - something placed at the center of something else (as on a table)
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
epergne - a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
He made his carpet in circles--first a circle of old gray tomcats, with their tails all pointing toward the center; then a circle of yellow cats; next a circle of black cats and a circle of white ones; then a circle of all sorts of cats; and, finally, a centerpiece of assorted kittens.
It's the embroidered centerpiece she was working at.
Under the leadership of Manila Pianos owner Gina Ronquillo, the highlight of the event was the exclusive viewing of 30-50 pianos, from vintage to classic to modern, the centerpiece of which was the Bosendorfer Grand Piano Model 214, the first choice of royalty in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Almost anything can function as a table topper or centerpiece. Choosing a theme for your table can be as easy as picking a floral arrangement or can be dictated by the occasion of the dinner or holiday, even.
At SM City in Urdaneta City, a colorful centerpiece made up of recycled plastic bottles was lit after mall officials switched off their lights.
Christmas flurries filled SM City Davao last Friday as the mall launched its Ice Wonderland centerpiece with the ice skating rink.
Instead, a bowl or basket of whole fruit and/or vegetables can be used as a beautiful centerpiece for that special dinner - and can then be donated to a local food pantry the following day," said Gary Oppenheimer, founder of
Featuring a flying carpet in the middle of the lobby, the centerpiece is also accompanied by an art exhibition, in collaboration with a contemporary crystal artist, Natalie Dagestani.
Vishaan Chakrabarti's Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) prepared the revised plan that makes the Refinery building the centerpiece of the redevelopment.
The first daughter shared a picture on Twitter of the "timeless" Thanksgiving centerpiece featured on her website, which she considers to be "beyond the conventional cornucopia." It has come under scrutiny on social media as many are confused as to what the centerpiece is.
Arab News The tower will be the centerpiece of a six-square-kilometer development.
Two LED lights were placed inside each centerpiece and 100 feet of lights was placed inside the 8-foot sculpture.