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noun century pronunciation in American English /ˈsentʃəri/
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pluralcenturies
  1. 1
    [countable] a period of 100 years, usually counted from a year ending in –00. For example, the 20th century is the period from 1900 to 1999

    They discovered paintings dating from the 17th century.

    the early/mid/late 15th etc. century:

    a castle built in the early 10th century

  2. 2
    [countable] any period of 100 years

    It was the worst storm in nearly a century.

    1. a.

      centuries

      [plural] hundreds of years

      The tribe had died out centuries before.

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