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[sen-too r-ee-uh n, -tyoo r-] /sɛnˈtʊər i ən, -ˈtyʊər-/
(in the ancient Roman army) the commander of a century.
(initial capital letter) Military. any one of various British battle tanks in service from 1945 to 1967.
Origin of centurion
1225-75; Middle English < Latin centuriōn- (stem of centuriō), equivalent to centur(ia) century + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He talked with a centurion, who told him, "With a great price I obtained this freedom."

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • The centurion sent to take him alive arrived before he expired.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • A military officer, a centurion or captain of a hundred men, was stationed there.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • And here the centurion found the overseer, and talked with him long and earnestly.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • My master's farm—a veteran of the first war—a centurion—the Numidians.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • Let us take the case of this first centurion, and see if it will tell us.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • He was a captain, or, as it was styled in those days, a centurion.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • I have lost the confidence of the centurion to whom I sold you.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for centurion


the officer commanding a Roman century
Word Origin
C14: from Latin centuriō, from centuriacentury
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for centurion

late 13c., from Latin centurionem (nominative centurio), "Roman army officer, head of a centuria" (a group of one hundred); see century.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for centurion



A dependable defender; loyal soldier:Adm William Crowe, the Democrats' favorite centurion

[1990s+; the Roman officer who commanded 100 legionaries]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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