Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period of 100 years.
  • n. Each of the successive periods of 100 years before or since the advent of the Christian era.
  • n. A unit of the Roman army originally consisting of 100 men.
  • n. One of the 193 electoral divisions of the Roman people.
  • n. A group of 100 things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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; a yearhundred.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  • n. A hundred things; a hundred.
  • n. A hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.
  • n. A ride 100 miles in length.
  • n. A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hundred; ; an aggregate of a hundred things.
  • n. A period of a hundred years.
  • n.
  • n. A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers.
  • n. One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a general sense, a hundred; anything consisting of a hundred in number.
  • n. Specifically In Rom. antiq.:
  • n. A division of the people (originally so called, probably, with reference to the approximate number of its members, though there was no fixed limit), instituted by Servius Tullius, formed with reference to taxation and to the election of magistrates and enactment of laws.
  • n. A subdivision of the legion, corresponding to a modern military company of infantry, and consisting nominally of a hundred men.
  • n. An allotment of land of varying size; especially, the area of land allotted to soldiers in a conquered country.
  • n. A period of one hundred years, reckoned from any starting-point: as, a century of national independence; a century of oppression.
  • n. An obsolete form of centaury.
  • n. In botany, a set of dried plants containing a hundred sheets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a period of 100 years
  • n. ten 10s

Etymologies

Latin centuria, a group of a hundred, from centum, hundred; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin centuria, from centum ("one hundred"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Cricket jargon - a score of one hundred runs or more. Over two hundred runs is a double century and so on.
    Fifty runs is a half-century.

    November 30, 2007