centenarian

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noun cen·te·nar·i·an \ˌsen-tə-ˈner-ē-ən, -ˈne-rē-\

Definition of centenarian

  1. :  one that is 100 years old or older

centenarian

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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of centenarian

1747

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CENTENARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of centenarian for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is 100 years old or older

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