[sen-too r-ee-uh n, -tyoo r-]


(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.

Nearby words

  1. centum,
  2. centuple,
  3. centuplicate,
  4. centurial,
  5. centuried,
  6. century,
  7. century plant,
  8. centésimo,
  9. ceo,
  10. ceorl

Origin of centurion

1225–75; Middle English < Latin centuriōn- (stem of centuriō), equivalent to centur(ia) century + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for centurion



the officer commanding a Roman century

Word Origin for centurion

C14: from Latin centuriō, from centuria century

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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.

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