cen·​te·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌsen-tə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce centenarian (audio) , -ˈne-rē- \

Definition of centenarian

: one that is 100 years old or older

Other Words from centenarian

centenarian adjective

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We can't say there are exactly 100 English words based on the Latin root centum, meaning "hundred," but there are certainly dozens. "Centenarian" isn't the oldest one; it only dates from the late 1700s. Far older is "centurion" (an ancient Roman military officer), which has been around since the 13th century. A younger "centum" offspring is "centisecond," a rare term for 1/100 of a second that dates from the 1950s. From colorful words such as "centicipitous" (which means "100-headed") to practical ones like "centgener" ("a device for planting 100 seeds"), "centum" descendants have enlivened our language for centuries.

Examples of centenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, Dal Porto and Chinn wanted Smith's 2022 trip to Las Vegas to be a joyous occasion for the centenarian. Fox News, 11 Aug. 2022 Thrash, a centenarian, often had White visitors who wanted to meet a Civil War veteran. David A. Taylor, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 The centenarian still gives weekly talks at her Rancho La Puerta fitness spa in Tecate, Mexico, just named No. 1 best international destination spa by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for the third consecutive year. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2022 The pioneering Black leader and retired San Diego politician became a centenarian on July 21, and on Saturday, the county awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2022 The centenarian — who has maintained his innocence throughout his months-long trial in Neuruppin state court in east Germany — was convicted of over 3,500 counts of accessory to murder Tuesday. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Now, the centenarian can continue to get behind the wheel until at least 2024, when the license expires. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 As far as the secret to living to be 104, the centenarian doesn’t have a clue. John Benson, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 The stocky, white-haired centenarian in dress shirt and wheelchair laughed and laughed. Nathan Solis, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of centenarian

1747, in the meaning defined above

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“Centenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centenarian. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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