noun, plural cen·tu·ries.
Origin of century
Examples from the Web for half-century
After a half-century of frigid relations, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to a thaw as the result of 18 months of secret talks.
But music devices sound worse than they did a half-century ago.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I listened to music by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver—each of the tracks more than a half-century old.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love|Ted Gioia|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For more than a half-century before “Stairway to Heaven,” recording artists had been doing this, usually with impunity.
Boko Haram presents a more diabolical danger than anybody could have imagined a half-century ago.
Four years more, and the world would reach the half-century mark.A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas
It has not grown much since, however, and the old adob buildings have not undergone change in a half-century.America, Volume 6 (of 6)|Joel Cook
On July 16, 1901, occurred the most notable political event in a half-century of Danish history.The Governments of Europe|Frederic Austin Ogg
At that time New York was hardly more than a big village, such as Boston continued to be for a half-century later.Washington Irving|Henry W. Boynton
He lived for a half-century between his two ateliers, on the Place Pigalle, and at Neuilly.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
noun plural -ies
- a score or grouping of 50a half-century of points
- (as modifier)as I near the half-century mark
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.