[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.
Origin of centurion
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Examples from the Web for centurion
Neil Marshall's Centurion is by far his most serious movie, though that's not saying too much.
Centurion cost, in today's dollars, something like $12 million.
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
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
- the officer commanding a Roman century
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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