noun, plural cen·tu·ries.
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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.
Words nearby century
Example sentences from the Web for century
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.
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.
In the 12th century the same gospels were again copied by pious hands into the Kentish dialect of the period.
Even the religion of this modern century bears the deep impress of the trade-mark, which calendars its financial value.My Wife and I|Harriet Beecher Stowe
The church of Notre-Dame, partly modern, preserves a Gothic portal of the 16th century and a graceful tower of the same period.
But the Dafydd of Scotland came more than a century earlier, being born at the end of the twelfth century.
Herrera did not publish his results, which are slavishly chronological in their method, till half a century later (1601-15).
British Dictionary definitions for century
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
Idioms and Phrases with century
see turn of the century.