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[sen-tn-air-ee-uh n] /ˌsɛn tnˈɛər i ən/
pertaining to or having lived 100 years.
a person who has reached the age of 100.
Origin of centenarian
1840-50; < Latin centenāri(us) (see centenary) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His father is said to have died a centenarian, after begetting a family of some twenty children.

    Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • The centenarian accepted with the air of a grandee, and extended his horn snuff-box.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The gigantic trunks of the centenarian monarchs were amply sufficient to afford shelter to two men.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • If I keep on at this rate, shall be a centenarian by the time we get back to Cairo.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • In three years I shall be a centenarian, if Heaven spares me as long.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • You yourself, for a centenarian, are as firm in your saddle as the lad himself.

  • She goes on to tell how she had interviewed the centenarian on the subject, and been fully enlightened.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • If he keeps it up he should be a centenarian by about the end of next year.

  • During the evening the centenarian played the Bass of a Minuet on the cello, which he had composed sixty years before.

    The Violoncello and Its History Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
British Dictionary definitions for centenarian


a person who is at least 100 years old
being at least 100 years old
of or relating to a centenarian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for centenarian

1805, "person 100 years old," from centenary + -ian. As an adjective, "pertaining to a person 100 years old," recorded from 1806.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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