[sen-tn-air-ee-uh n]


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
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Contemporary Examples of centenarian

Historical Examples of centenarian

  • 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

  • She was only sixty at the time of her death, but was as bent and as worn out as a centenarian.


    Emile Zola

  • The centenarian accepted with the air of a grandee, and extended his horn snuff-box.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • But forty-eight is centenarian to a girl of twenty-two, Dosia.

  • He is one of those men who come into the world with the pulse of a centenarian.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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
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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.

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