Meaning of CENTRAL in English


I. ˈsen-trəl adjective

Etymology: Latin centralis, from centrum center

Date: 1647

1. : containing or constituting a center

2. : of primary importance : essential , principal

the central character of the novel


a. : situated at, in, or near the center

b. : easily accessible from outlying districts

a central location for the new theater


a. : centrally placed and superseding separate scattered units

central heating

b. : controlling or directing local or branch activities

the central committee

5. : holding to a middle between extremes : moderate

6. : of, relating to, or comprising the brain and spinal cord ; also : originating within the central nervous system

central deafness

• cen·tral·ly -trə-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1889

1. : a telephone exchange or operator

2. : a central office or bureau usually controlling others

weather central

3. : a center or hub for a specified activity or group

her house is party central

the family room becomes kid central

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.