noun, plural cen·tu·ries.
Origin of century
Examples from the Web for century
Contemporary Examples of century
For more than a century, Americans have been fretting about these sorts of ghosts.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
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In the 21st century women are earning their equality every step of the way… including the bedroom.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
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Finally free of Japanese interference, Korea elected its first autonomous government in almost half a century.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
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Warm milk mixed with a spoonful of fireplace ashes seemed to also be popular among 19th century England.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
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Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.Will Texas Stay Texan?
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Historical Examples of century
His life has been that of his century—progressive, liberal, humanitarian in its trend.
This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial.
The second third of this century has been a time of proud achievement.
He regarded the changes of the century exceedingly beneficial.
We began the 19th century with a choice, to spread our nation from coast to coast.
noun plural -ries
- a score or grouping of 100to score a century in cricket
- mainly US(as modifier)the basketball team passed the century mark in their last game
Word Origin for century
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.
see turn of the century.