WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cen•tu•ry /ˈsɛntʃəri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. a period of 100 years:the amazing changes of the past century.
  2. one of the periods of 100 years counted from a recognized date, esp. from the assumed date of the birth of Jesus:The twentieth century began in 1901 and ends in the year 2000.
See -cent-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cen•tu•ry  (senchə rē),USA pronunciation 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:a century of limericks.
  4. Ancient History, Antiquity, Military(in the ancient Roman army) a company, consisting of approximately 100 men.
  5. Antiquityone of the voting divisions of the ancient Roman people, each division having one vote.
  6. Printing(cap.) a style of type.
  7. Slang Termsa hundred-dollar bill;
    100 dollars.
  8. Sporta race of 100 yards or meters, as in track or swimming, or of 100 miles, as in bicycle racing.
  9. Sport[Cricket.]a score of at least 100 runs made by one batsman in a single inning.
  • Latin centuria unit made up of 100 parts, esp. company of soldiers, equivalent. to cent(um) 100 + -uria, perh. extracted from decuria decury
  • 1525–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

century /ˈsɛntʃərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. a period of 100 years
  2. one of the successive periods of 100 years dated before or after an epoch or event, esp the birth of Christ
  3. a score or grouping of 100: to score a century in cricket
  4. (in ancient Rome) a unit of foot soldiers, originally 100 strong, later consisting of 60 to 80 men
  5. (in ancient Rome) a division of the people for purposes of voting
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin centuria, from centum hundred

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