century noun

ADJ. 19th, 20th, etc. a 17th-century building | earlier, last, later, past, previous Later centuries saw the development of a complex transport system. | new, next a celebration to welcome the new century | present

PREP. during the ~ The town's population doubled during the 19th century. | for ~s There have been orchards in this region for centuries.. | in the … ~ He lived in the 16th century. | over the ~s a marble floor worn smooth over the centuries | through the ~s a tradition passed down through the centuries | throughout the ~ America's influence on culture grew throughout the 20th century.

PHRASES centuries old a centuries old custom | the turn of the century