century
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈsɛn.t͡ʃə.ɹiː/, /ˈsɛn.t͡ʃɹiː/, /ˈsɛn.t͡ʃʊɹiː/
Noun

century (plural centuries)

  1. 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. A unit in ancient Roman army, 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. A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  4. A hundred things of the same kind; a hundred.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 4, member 2, subsection i:
      'tis the subject of whole books: I might cite a century of authors pro and con.
  5. (cricket) A hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.
  6. (snooker) A score of one hundred points.
    That was his tenth professional century.
  7. (sports) A race a hundred units (as meters, kilometres, miles) in length.
  8. (US, informal) A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.
Synonyms
  • (period of 100 consecutive years) yearhundred (very rare)
  • (Roman army unit) centuria
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