Meaning of “centurion” in the English Dictionary


"centurion" in English

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centurionnoun [ C ]

uk /senˈtjʊə.ri.ən/ us /senˈtʊr.i.ən/

Examples from literature

  • A centurion carried a staff made of a vine-branch, for disciplinary purposes. 
  • An urgent demand arose that the customary fees to centurions for granting furlough should be abolished, for they constituted a sort of annual tax upon the common soldier. 
  • The cohorts chose each their centurions: two senators were placed at the head of each cohort. 
  • The other centurions marched each at the head of his company, glittering with their armour and decorations. 
  • When he was centurion, Trajan had summoned him to enter his presence before the prefects, whereupon he said: "It is a shame for you, Caesar, to be talking with a centurion, while the prefects stand outside." 

(Definition of “centurion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)