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centurion

Syllabification: cen·tu·ri·on
Pronunciation: /senˈt(y)o͝orēən
 
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Definition of centurion in English:

noun

The commander of a century in the ancient Roman army.
Example sentences
  • The cohorts, divided into six centuries (100 men in each century) commanded by a centurion, became the main tactical unit of the army.
  • In Colchester museum, the tombstone of a Roman centurion stands a few feet above the spot where he had lain for centuries, a poignant bridging of time and space.
  • Senior non-commissioned officers were called centurions, who varied greatly in rank.

Origin

Middle English: from Latin centurion-, from centuria (see century).

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