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Definition of century noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. centuries)
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  1. 1a period of 100 years
  2. 2(abbreviation c, cent.) any of the periods of 100 years before or after the birth of Christ the 20th century (= A.D.1901–2000 or 1900–1999) eighteenth-century writers By the close of this century another two billion people will have been born.
  3. Idioms
    the turn of the century/year
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    the time when a new century/year starts It was built at the turn of the century.
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