centenarian

noun
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

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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 For that reason, commissioners decided to throw a special birthday party for the centenarian on June 21. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, 1 July 2021 As far as becoming a centenarian, Michael said his Italian mother kept her wit until the end. John Benson, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Family and friends surprised the beloved centenarian with a party complete with a drive-by from a firetruck. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 June 2021 Sprite memes — even those created in the context of whether the fountain soda had the power to harm a near-centenarian royal — has never fully gone away; people were making TikToks about it just a few days ago. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 12 Apr. 2021 The centenarian became the oldest person to score a No. 1 hit single in the U.K. music charts, and wrote children’s books. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2021 Peterchalk, now a Parma resident, is the city’s newest centenarian. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 4 May 2021 At last measurement in 2018, the centenarian is 70-feet tall with a branch canopy extending 137 feet and a trunk diameter of 192 inches. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Sprite memes — even those created in the context of whether the fountain soda had the power to harm a near-centenarian royal — has never fully gone away; people were making TikToks about it just a few days ago. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of centenarian

1747, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2021

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“Centenarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centenarian. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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centenarian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of centenarian

: a person who is 100 years old or older

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