What does century mean?

Definitions for century
ˈsɛn tʃə ricen·tu·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word century.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. centurynoun

    a period of 100 years

  2. hundred, 100, C, century, one Cnoun

    ten 10s

Wiktionary

  1. centurynoun

    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. centurynoun

    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. centurynoun

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

  4. centurynoun

    A hundred things; a hundred.

  5. centurynoun

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

  6. centurynoun

    A ride 100 miles in length.

  7. centurynoun

    A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.

  8. Etymology: From centuria.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CENTURYnoun

    Etymology: centuria, Lat.

    The nature of eternity is such, that, though our joys, after some centuries of years, may seem to have grown older, by having been enjoyed so many ages, yet will they really still continue new. Boyle.

    And now time’s whiter series is begun,
    Which in soft centuries shall smoothly run. Dryden.

    The lists of bishops are filled with greater numbers than one would expect; but the succession was quick in the three first centuries, because the bishop very often ended in the martyr. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    Romulus, as you may read, did divide the Romans into tribes, and the tribes into centuries or hundreds. Edmund Spenser.

    When
    With wild woodleaves and weeds I have strew’d his grave,
    And on it said a century of pray’rs,
    Such as I can, twice o’er, I’ll weep and sigh. William Shakespeare, Cymb.

Wikipedia

  1. Century

    A century is a period of 100 years. Centuries are numbered ordinally in English and many other languages. The word century comes from the Latin centum, meaning one hundred. Century is sometimes abbreviated as c.A centenary is a hundredth anniversary, or a celebration of this, typically the remembrance of an event which took place a hundred years earlier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Centurynoun

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

  2. Centurynoun

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

  3. Centurynoun

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

  4. Centurynoun

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

  5. Etymology: [L. centuria (in senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See Cent.]

Freebase

  1. Century

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Century

    sen′tū-ri, n. a hundred, or something consisting of a hundred in number, as sonnets, &c.: a hundred years.—adj. Centū′rial.—ns. Centū′riātor, the centuriators of Magdeburg were a group of Reformed divines who in the 16th century compiled a church history in 13 vols., each volume covering a century; Centū′rion, among the Romans, the commander of a hundred men.—Century plant (see Agave). [L. centuriacentum.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. century

    In an ancient military sense, meant a hundred soldiers, who were employed in working the battering-ram.

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of century in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of century in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of century in a Sentence

  1. Mykhailo Misha Golod:

    Something that's happening in Ukraine should not be happening in the middle of Europe in the 21st century, kids are losing their homes, they're dying, they're losing their lives.

  2. President Biden:

    The Senate made the bipartisan decision as a nation to invest in America's manufacturing technology of semiconductors and additional funding for basic research and development in the cutting edge industries of the 21st century.

  3. Reverend W. Awdry (1911 - 1997):

    [Of the parralels between the railways and the church] both had their heyday in the mid-nineteenth century; both own a great deal of Gothic-style architecture which is expensive to maintain; both are regularly assailed by critics; and both are firmly convinced that they are the best means of getting man to his ultimate destination.

  4. Sebastian Stopper:

    Access to the archives is getting worse and worse, it's just politically desired for now not to shed light on crimes of the Russian state in the 20th century.

  5. Van Vilsteren:

    We suspect that for the first 200 years, the mummy was exposed and worshiped in a Buddhist temple in China... only in the 14th century did they do all the work to transform it into a nice statue.

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