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century

noun [C]     /ˈsen.tʃər.i/
A2 a period of 100 years: The city centre has scarcely changed in over a century. This sculpture must be centuries old. Her medical career spanned half a century. → Compare millenniumDecades, centuries and the millennium a period of 100 years counted from what is believed to be the year of the birth of Jesus Christ: Rome was founded in the eighth century BC (= before Christ). He's an expert on 15th-century Italian art.Decades, centuries and the millennium a score of 100 runs in cricketCricketGeneral terms used in ball sports the turn of the century the time when one century ends and another begins: The museum reopened at the turn of the century.Decades, centuries and the millennium
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