from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The commander of a century in the Roman army.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An officer of the ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers.
  • n. A player who scores a century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A military officer who commanded a minor division of the Roman army; a captain of a century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a military officer who commanded a century or company of infantry. The centurion was appointed by the commander-in-chief, and corresponded to the captain in modern military service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (ancient Rome) the leader of 100 soldiers


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin centuriō, centuriōn-, from centuria, group of a hundred; see century.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin centuriō, from centum ("a hundred"). (Wiktionary)


  • The name of Longinus first appeared in a collection of early Christian texts known as the Apocrypha, where he was described as a centurion who had served his legion faithfully before poor eyesight ended his battlefield career.


  • If the centurion is so civil as to take his word, he is so just and honest as to keep his word.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • 2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • The centurion was a commanding officer of a Roman army unit called a century, nominally a hundred foot soldiers.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • The centurion was a man of honour and he had no stomach for the work of this day--the obviously political disposal of a troublesome but innocent man.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • The centurion was a magnificent fighter, but anyone could be taken by surprise.

    Death in Winter

  • He called the centurion to him to find out how long He had been dead.

    All Four Gospels for Readers

  • A centurion was a commander of a hundred men, in the Roman armies.

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • The case of the centurion is a strong instance of the nature and value of humility, Mt 8: 6-10.

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • The centurion was a heathen, and had probably no very distinct notions of the phrase the Son of God; perhaps understanding by it only that he was like the heathen heroes who had been deified; but he certainly regarded these wonders as proof that he was what he professed to be.

    Barnes New Testament Notes


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