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Definition of "century" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "century" in a sentence
  • "_The Theory of Poetry in England; its development in doctrines and ideas from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century_."
  • ""We shall, for the present, leave Anthony propagating the monastic dispositions, and extending its influence not only into the next century, but for many ages after, and conclude this view of the state of the _third century_, with expressing our regret that the faith and love of the gospel received toward the close of it a dreadful blow from the encouragement of this unchristian practise.""
  • "If the ignorant man knows no more respecting any particular art or branch of business than was generally known during the last century, _he belongs to the last century_, and he must consent to be outstripped by those who have the light and knowledge of the present."