After a half-century of frigid relations, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to a thaw as the result of 18 months of secret talks.
This idea that the state only advances and never retreats is contradicted by the record of the past half-century.
Boko Haram presents a more diabolical danger than anybody could have imagined a half-century ago.
But music devices sound worse than they did a half-century ago.
It seems to me that the reversal of a half-century of judicial restraint in the economic realm comes within that category.
For that half-century and more he was a man without a country.
For about a half-minute that seemed a half-century, he didn't know what to do.
This establishment can now look back upon a half-century of remarkable history.
I am glad of the gains the half-century has brought to the women of Anglo-Saxon birth.
What did we know about the thyroid gland a half-century ago?
1530s, "one hundred (of anything)," from Latin centuria "group of one hundred" of things of one kind (including a measure of land and a division of the Roman army, one-sixteenth of a legion, headed by a centurion), from centum "hundred" (see hundred) on analogy of decuria "a company of ten."
Used in Middle English from late 14c. as a division of land, from Roman use. The Modern English meaning is attested from 1650s, short for century of years (1620s). The older, general sense is preserved in the meaning "score of 100 points" in cricket and some other sports. Related: Centurial.
A hundred dollars: For two centuries a week I had me a bodyguard (1850s+)