century - definition and synonyms


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  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

    His family has ruled Morocco since the 17th century.

    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.

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      [plural] hundreds of years

      The tribe had died out centuries before.

  3. 3
    [countable] a score of 100 runs (=points) made in cricket by one player

    Lamb has just scored his sixth Test century.

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