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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cen"tu*ry
  1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things.(Archaic)"And on it said a century of prayers." [Shak.]
  2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago.
  3. [Rom. Antiq]
    1. A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers.
    2. One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.

Note: Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive years (as, a century of temperance work), usually signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting of a period of one hundred years ending with the hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first century a. d. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh century a.d. 601-700); the eighteenth century a.d. 1701-1800). With words or phrases connecting it with some other system of chronology it is used of similar division of those eras; as, the first century of Rome (A.U.C. 1-100).

Etymology: L. centuriain senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See Cent

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Ten 10s
  2. A period of 100 years

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 (“one hundred”). The most common modern use is a shortening of century of years.

  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 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.
  3. A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  4. A hundred like 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. (sports) A race a hundred units (as meters, kilometres, miles) in length.
  7. (US, informal) A banknote in the denomination of one hundred dollars.

Notable Persons Named Century

Century is a comics character.


Century Milstead was a football player. Century was born on January 1st, 1901 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on June 2nd, 1963.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Century

Century is a comics character.


Turner D. Century is a comics character.


Douglas Century is an author and journalist. Douglas was born in Calgary, Alberta.


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Popularity of Century as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Century U.S.
  White 33.02% 64.26%
  African American 59.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Century

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Fun Facts about the name Century

  • How Popular is the name Century? As a last name Century was the 153,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Century first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Century is Saturday, August 4th, 1906.
  • How unique is the name Century? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Century. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Century: Your name in reverse order is Yrutnec. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ntuecry. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Century? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106 people with the last name Century.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Century? Century is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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