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spoken English15.28%written English84.72% imaginative writing14.01%informational writing85.99%
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Definition of the noun century

What does century mean as a name of something?

Century is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: centuries

  1. a period of 100 years
  2. ten 10s
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonyms of century: 100 / C / hundred / one C
    • more generic term: large integer = an integer equal to or greater than ten

Alternative definition of the noun century


  1. 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.
  2. A unit in ancient Roman, 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.
  3. A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  4. [archaic] A hundred things; a hundred.
  5. [cricket] A hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.
  6. [US, cycling] A ride 100 miles in length.
  7. [US, informal] A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.

Specialised definition of the noun century

Glossary of sports / billiards

a break of 100 or more points

Glossary of sports / cricket

100 runs scored by one batsman (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a score of 100 runs or more by a batsman

Glossary of sports / darts

a Score of 100 or more points in one round


Century is a town in Escambia County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,698 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Pensacola–Ferry Pass–Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  1. Century are a French rock band formed in Marseille in 1985. Led by singer and composer Jean-Louis Milford, Century are probably best known for their single "Lover Why" from the album ...And Soul It Goes in 1986. In Brazil, the tracks "Gone with the Winner" was the theme for the show Hipertensão, and "Lover Why" was the theme for the soap opera Ti Ti Ti, both in 1986, on Rede Globo TV.
  2. Century is an American metalcore band formed in 2005 by multi-instrumentalist/ArmsBendBack guitarist Carson Slovak. Century was originally conceived as a solo project, but later evolved into a complete band. Slovak writes all of Century's music, and designs all of the artwork and merchandise. In 2005 the band signed a contract with Tribunal Records. On February 7, 2006, Century released its first studio album, Faith and Failure through Tribunal Records. This album saw Carson Slovak as guitarist and producer joined by Mike Guiliano, Huggie and Grant McFarland. Before the album was released, McFarland left to focus more on his current band This or the Apocalypse and was replaced by new drummer Matthew Smith.
  3. Century is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Century Fox, 22nd Century, John Century, This Century, 102nd Century, Black Century, Century Scream, Coming Century, End the Century, 21st Century Fux, 21st Century Sin, Flee the Century, 21st Century Band, 21st Century Girls, Century Steel Band, Six Minute Century, 21st Century Goliath, New Century Classics, 21st Century Symphony and Century of Aeroplanes.


Century is a publisher.

  • also known as Century Corp


Century is a zoo animal.


Century is a fictional character, a comic book superhero who is a member of Force Works in the comic series of the same name from 1994–1996. Created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Tom Tenney, the character first appeared in issue #1 of Force Works in July 1994.


  1. "Century" is a musical single of The Long Blondes.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Century" is a musical album of The Kilfenora Céilí Band.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  3. "Century" is a musical EP of Jangli Jaggas.
  4. "Century" is a musical album of Lost Nobility.
  5. "Century" is a musical album of Erik Faber.
  6. "Century" is a composition.


"Century" is a New York Times best-selling novel, written by Fred Mustard Stewart and published in 1981. The story follows four generations of an Italian-American family with settings in both America and Italy. Most of the events that take place in the novel, take place in actual American and Italian history. Readers are witnesses to the rise of Benito Mussolini, the Prohibition period, Black Tuesday, World War I, World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, and the gradual formation of the motion picture industry in Hollywood. The novel spent six weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

  • also known as "Century: A novel"
  • language: English Language
  • released in (35 years ago)


  1. "Century" is a 1993 British film, written and directed by playwright Stephen Poliakoff.
  2. "Century" is a 2012 short, experimental and action film directed by Kevin Jerome Everson.


  1. Century: In the sport of cricket, a century is a score of 100 or more runs in a single innings by a batsman. The term is also included in "century partnership" which occurs when two batsmen add 100 runs to the team total when they are batting together. A century is regarded as a landmark score for batsmen and a player's number of centuries is generally recorded in his career statistics. Scoring a century is loosely equated in terms of merit to a bowler taking five wickets in an innings, and is colloquially referred to as a ton or hundred. Scores of more than 200 runs are still statistically counted as a century, although these scores are referred as double, triple, and quadruple centuries, and so on.
  2. Century is the first single to be taken from The Long Blondes second album "Couples". It was released on March 24, 2008, as a limited edition 7" single and digital download.
  3. The Century was produced by the Century Motor Company from 1911-13 and later renamed to the Century Electric Car company from 1913-15. Both companies operated out of Detroit, Michigan. The Century was an electric car with an underslung chassis. It had tiller-operated steering, and the customer had the option of solid or pneumatic tires. Its electrical speed controller offered a choice of six-speeds, and the series wound Westinghouse motor that was geared directly to the rear axle.
  4. Century is a TV program.
    • country: South Korea
    • award:
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor in Television nomination for Choi Bool-am
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Television Director nomination for Yoo Hong-yeol
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor in Television, received by Choi Bool-am
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best Television Director, received by Yoo Hong-yeol
  5. Century is a magazine, periodical.
  6. Century is a publisher.

Phrases with Century

Phrases starting with the word Century:

  1. Century egg
  2. Century break
  3. century plant

Phrases ending with the word Century:

  1. half-century
  2. Tenth Century
  3. Triple Century
  4. quarter-century
  5. twentieth century
  6. turn of the century

Other phrases containing the word Century:

  1. Wild Century Plant
  2. Dwarf Century Plant
  3. Rough Century Plant
  4. Palmer Century Plant
  5. Arizona Century Plant
  6. Eggers' Century Plant
  7. Weber's Century Plant
  8. American Century Plant
  9. Havard's Century Plant
  10. Palmer's Century Plant
  11. Schott's Century Plant

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Century

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Google previewLawyers' Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice (2005)

A Critical Reader by Susan D. Carle

The story of the development of the legal profession in the United States in the nineteenth century is the oft-told tale of...

Google previewKindred by Choice (2013)

Germans and American Indians since 1800 by H. Glenn Penny

Indeed, if one of the lessons of Germans' persistent affinities for American Indians during the nineteenth century is that German history was often made outside of Germany and beyond the reach of formal German institutions, one of the most ...

Google previewTeaching the Digital Generation (2008)

No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools by Frank S. Kelly, Ted McCain, Ian Jukes

The 21st century is a fundamentally different environment that is demanding completely new ideas for how things get done. These sweeping changes are occurring so rapidly and are of such magnitude that education must quickly adapt or ...

Google previewModernity's Pretenses (1998)

Making Reality Fit Reason from Candide to the Gulag by Karlis Racevskis

In this light, it becomes apparent that the value system we have inherited from the eighteenth century is an abstraction that is no...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)


Google previewSports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by Steven A. Riess

Although boxing initially was not segregated along racial lines, by the end of the nineteenth century, interracial matches, especially among heavyweights, were rare. John L. Sullivan adamantly refused to meet any nonwhite challengers during ...

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Usage statistics about century

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun century:

spoken English15.28%written English84.72% imaginative writing14.01%informational writing85.99%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun century:


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Sign language

Century Sign Language Club, QNTV 2015

Quotes about Century

One layer was certainly 17th century. The 18th century in him is obvious. There was the 19th century, and a large slice, of course, of the 20th century; and another, curious layer which may possibly have been the 21st. (Clement Attlee)
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Scrabble value of C3E1N1T1U1R1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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