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centurynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsen.tʃər.i/
A2 a ​period of 100 ​years: The ​citycentre has ​scarcelychanged in over a century. This ​sculpture must be centuries ​old. Her ​medicalcareerspannedhalf a century.
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a ​period of 100 ​yearscounted from what is ​believed to be the ​year of the ​birth of ​JesusChrist: Rome was ​founded in the eighth century BC (= before ​Christ). He's an ​expert on 15th-century ​Italianart. a ​score of 100 runs in ​cricketthe turn of the century the ​time when one century ​ends and another ​begins: The ​museumreopened at the ​turn of the century.

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

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centurynoun [C]

 us   /ˈsen·tʃə·ri/
a ​period of 100 ​years: Her ​medicalcareer spanned ​half a century. A century is also a ​particularperiod of 100 ​years: the fourth century B.C. His ​music was ​influential in the 19th and 20th centuries.
(Definition of century from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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