Centrepiece

Centrepiece

A centrepiece (or centerpiece) is the most important item of a display, usually of a table setting. [citeweb|url=http://www.askoxford.com/results/?view=dev_dict&field-12668446=centrepiece&branch=13842570&textsearchtype=exact&sortorder=score%2Cname|title="centrepiece"|author=Oxford University Press: AskOxford.com|accessdate=2007-06-13] A centrepiece also refers to any central or important object in a collection of items. ["centrepiece" Macquarie Dictionary (Revised Third Edition), Macquarie Library Pty Ltd (2001), Sydney.]

Purpose

On the table, a centrepiece is a large central object which serves a decorative purpose. ["centrepiece" Macquarie Dictionary (Revised Third Edition), Macquarie Library Pty Ltd (2001), Sydney.] However, centrepieces should not be too large, to avoid difficulty with visibility around the table and to allow for the easier serving of dishes.

Formal functions in Europe can sometimes have very elaborate centrepieces, which can span the entire length of the table.

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