noun, plural cen·tu·ries.
Origin of century
Examples 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).
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.