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half-century Line breaks: half-century

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of half-century in English:


1A period of fifty years.
Example sentences
  • This half-century was the formative period for national kingship.
  • Over the last half-century, the number of women in the workplace has tripled.
  • This kind of teen, the one that wedged itself into the space between childhood and adulthood and became a monster, is a creature of the last half-century.
1.1A score of fifty in a sporting event, especially a batsman’s score of fifty in cricket.
Example sentences
  • In reply, Grange lost three middle order men for ducks, but young opener C R Bilton struck a fluent half-century before retiring hurt.
  • His fellow opener, Mark Bentley, of Netherton, completed a half-century before being bowled by Hamed Khan for 58.
  • Follifoot then replied with 142-9 with Neil Walker hitting a half-century.
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