• A period of 100 consecutive years; often specifically a numbered period with conventional start and end dates, e.g., the twentieth century, which stretches from (strictly) 1901 through 2000, or (informally) 1900 through 1999. The first century AD was from 1 to 100.
  • A unit in ancient Roman army, originally of 100 army soldiers as part of a cohort, later of more varied sizes (but typically containing 60 to 70 or 80) soldiers or other men (guards, police, firemen), commanded by a centurion.
  • A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  • A hundred things of the same kind; a hundred.
  • A hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.
  • A score of one hundred points.
  • A race a hundred units (as meters, kilometres, miles) in length.
  • A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.


  • From Middle English centurie ("a count of one hundred (of anything); a division of the Roman army; century; a division of land"), from Old French centurie, from Latin centuria, from centum. The most common modern use is a shortening of century of years.

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