Definitions for Centuryˈsɛn tʃə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cen•tu•ryˈsɛn tʃə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. a period of 100 years.

  2. one of the successive periods of 100 years reckoned forward or backward from a recognized chronological epoch, esp. from the assumed date of the birth of Jesus.

  3. any group or collection of 100.

  4. a subdivision of the Roman legion, orig. consisting of 100 men.

    Category: Antiquities

  5. one of the voting divisions of the ancient Roman people, each division having one vote.

    Category: Antiquities

Origin of century:

1525–35; < L centuria, der. of cent(um) hundred

Princeton's WordNet

  1. century(noun)

    a period of 100 years

  2. hundred, 100, C, century, one C(noun)

    ten 10s

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. century(noun)ˈsɛn tʃə ri

    a particular period of 100 years

    the 11th/12th/20th century

  2. centuryˈsɛn tʃə ri

    any period of 100 years

    a century since his death


  1. century(Noun)

    A period of 100 consecutive years; often specifically a numbered period with conventional start and end dates, e.g., the twentieth century, which stretches from (strictly) 1901 through 2000, or (informally) 1900 through 1999. The first century AD was from 1 to 100.

  2. century(Noun)

    A unit in ancient Roman, originally of 100 army soldiers as part of a cohort, later of more varied sizes (but typically containing 60 to 70 or 80) soldiers or other men (guards, police, firemen), commanded by a centurion.

  3. century(Noun)

    A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.

  4. century(Noun)

    A hundred things; a hundred.

  5. century(Noun)

    A hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.

  6. century(Noun)

    A ride 100 miles in length.

  7. century(Noun)

    A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.

  8. Origin: From centuria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Century(noun)

    a hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things

  2. Century(noun)

    a period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago

  3. Century(noun)

    a division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers

  4. Century(noun)

    one of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion


  1. Century

    A century is one hundred consecutive years. Centuries are numbered ordinally in English and many other languages.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Century' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #439

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Century' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1580

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Century' in Nouns Frequency: #136

Translations for Century

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a (period of a) hundred years

the 19th century; for more than a century.

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