Definition of century
- the third century A.D.
It took more than a century to complete the cathedral.
Millions of people celebrated the beginning of the 21st century on January 1, 2000.
The pottery dates back to the sixth century B.C.E.
When the prince got married, it was called the wedding of the century.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a period of 100 years
: a period of 100 years counted from the beginning of the Christian era
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