century Definition

  • 1a period of 100 years
  • 2a period of time that is 100 years before or after a particular date or event
  • 3a score of 100 points in a sporting event

Using century: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "century" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The 19th century saw many technological advancements.

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    The American Civil War took place in the 19th century.

  • Example

    He scored a century in the cricket match.

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    We are now in the 21st century.

century Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for century

Phrases with century

  • the time when one century ends and another begins


    The turn of the century was marked by significant changes in technology and culture.

  • the number 100, especially in relation to a score in a game or sport


    She finally reached the century mark in her bowling score.

  • the twenty-first century

    the current century, from 2001 to 2100


    The twenty-first century has seen rapid advancements in technology and communication.

Origins of century

from Latin 'centuria', meaning 'group of one hundred'


Summary: century in Brief

A 'century' [ˈsɛn.tʃər.i] is a period of 100 years, often used to describe a specific era or time period. It can also refer to scoring 100 points in a sporting event. Phrases like 'turn of the century' and 'the twenty-first century' denote specific time periods. Examples include 'The 19th century saw many technological advancements' and 'He scored a century in the cricket match.'

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