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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Staff at the nursing home obliged the centenarian's request and took a photo of her enjoying the beer, which has gone viral. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "103-year-old great-great-grandmother beats coronavirus, asks for a beer to celebrate," 29 May 2020 Her family said the centenarian has a life-long passion for learning and has passed that along to her children and grandchildren. cleveland, "Berea police, fire wish nursing home resident a Happy 100th Birthday: Community Voices," 18 May 2020 The brothers showed up in Okinawa in 1994 interested in studying centenarians and hooked up with Suzuki. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 On the opposite end of the spectrum are the centenarians. Carole Landry, New York Times, "China Flare-up, Taiwan, Bangkok Pet Salons: Your Monday Briefing," 10 May 2020 Health experts and government officials have long warned the virus preys on the elderly, putting a centenarian such as Watson at high risk. Jack Rawlins, USA TODAY, "A 101-year-old British man was infected with coronavirus. He fought it for two weeks — and won, hospital says.," 9 Apr. 2020 The centenarian is seen using her walker to make her way to the curb to watch the parade. Fox News, "California Marine surprised for 104th birthday with parade amid coronavirus stay-at-home order," 6 Apr. 2020 Golden Rule and the Bright Star in Bessemer are centenarians. Eric Velasco, al, "Where are Birmingham’s oldest restaurants?," 12 Mar. 2020 The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post detailed the event on Facebook and encouraged residents to help celebrate the centenarian, who served in the European theater. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "WWII veteran gets surprise parade for 100th birthday after party was canceled over coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020

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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 7 Aug. 2020.

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: a person who is 100 years old or older

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