noun, plural cen·tu·ries.
Origin of century
Related formshalf-cen·tu·ry, noun, plural half·-cen·tu·ries.
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
British Dictionary definitions for half-century (1 of 2)
noun plural -ies
- a score or grouping of 50a half-century of points
- (as modifier)as I near the half-century mark
British Dictionary definitions for half-century (2 of 2)
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 half-century
see turn of the century.