Origin of century
historical usage of century
The sense “period of 100 years” first appeared in the late 16th century, in early use sometimes in the phrase century of years. The slang sense “100 dollars, 100 pounds” appeared all but simultaneously in the United States (1859) and the United Kingdom (1860). The American slang term century note dates to 1905, and its abbreviated form C-note dates to 1929. The bicycling sense “race of 100 miles or kilometers” dates to the 1880s.
OTHER WORDS FROM centuryhalf-cen·tu·ry, noun, plural half·-cen·tu·ries.
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How to use century in a sentence
Today’s two major parties have framed political competition since the middle of the 19th century — since the Republicans rose from the rubble of the Whigs.Will Senate Republicans allow their louts to rule the party?|George Will|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Maybe in another century I would have been a witch and burned at the stake.Maria Guarnaschelli, influential cookbook editor, dies at 79|Emily Langer|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Later in the century mathematicians proved two other key facts that tied together scissors congruence and tiling.Undergraduates Hunt for Special Tetrahedra That Fit Together|Kevin Hartnett|February 9, 2021|Quanta Magazine
More than 125 countries, representing more than two-thirds of global emissions, have either adopted or are discussing a goal of reaching net zero emissions by the middle of the century, Höhne said.Countries must ramp up climate pledges by 80 percent to hit key Paris target, study finds|Brady Dennis|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
In China, as early as the 15th century, healthy people deliberately breathed smallpox scabs through their noses and contracted a milder version of the disease.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it.|Kelsey Piper|February 5, 2021|Vox
For more than a century, Americans have been fretting about these sorts of ghosts.
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|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Warm milk mixed with a spoonful of fireplace ashes seemed to also be popular among 19th century England.
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.
El Imparcial maintained that he was worthy of being honoured as a 19th century conquering hero.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
It is a lofty and richly-decorated pile of the fourteenth century; and tells of the labours and the wealth of a foreign land.
We live in an age that is at best about a century and a half old—the age of machinery and power.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
John of Damascus, an important Greek theologian of the eighth century, often cited by Thomas.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
During the last century these were recast, and addition made to the peal, which now consists of twelve.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
British Dictionary definitions for century
- 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
Other Idioms and Phrases with century
see turn of the century.