Definition of Encaenia in English:

Encaenia

noun

  • An annual celebration at Oxford University in memory of founders and benefactors.

    ‘The University has announced that the majority of the degrees will be issued on 22 June, at the University's annual honorary degree ceremony, Encaenia.’
    ‘Mr Patten will be installed as chancellor at a special ceremony, which will probably be held in tandem with the honorary degree presentation known as Encaenia on June 25.’

Origin

Late 17th century via Latin from Greek enkainia ‘dedication festival’ (based on kainos ‘new’).

Pronunciation

Encaenia

/ɛnˈsiːnɪə/