[ sen-chuh-ree ]
/ ˈsɛn tʃə ri /

noun, plural cen·tu·ries.

Nearby words

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

Origin of century

1525–35; < Latin centuria unit made up of 100 parts, especially company of soldiers, equivalent to cent(um) 100 + -uria, perhaps extracted from decuria decury

Related formshalf-cen·tu·ry, noun, plural half·-cen·tu·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for century


/ (ˈsɛntʃərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a period of 100 years
one of the successive periods of 100 years dated before or after an epoch or event, esp the birth of Christ
  1. a score or grouping of 100to score a century in cricket
  2. mainly US (as modifier)the basketball team passed the century mark in their last game
(in ancient Rome) a unit of foot soldiers, originally 100 strong, later consisting of 60 to 80 menSee also maniple
(in ancient Rome) a division of the people for purposes of voting
(often capital) a style of type

Word Origin for century

C16: from Latin centuria, from centum hundred

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Word Origin and History 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with century


see turn of the century.

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