Definition of centurion in English:



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

    • ‘The cohorts, divided into six centuries (100 men in each century) commanded by a centurion, became the main tactical unit of the army.’
    • ‘These passwords had to be repeated by the palace guards, who were grizzled old centurions given guard duty as a kind of honorable semi-retirement.’
    • ‘It indicates that there were two centurions that Caesar described with the names of T. Pulfio, and L. Varenus and that the show's creators must have borrowed those names to depict the characters on the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Edwards said the original stone was an altar erected by a Roman centurion as a dedication to the gods for saving his life.’
    • ‘Like Nero, his family had ties to the Legion, but he was not of noble blood, unlike Nero, and could not become a centurion.’
    • ‘Senior non-commissioned officers were called centurions, who varied greatly in rank.’
    • ‘Both the blacksmith, my grandfather on my mother's side, and my father had been centurions and both were retired, but the Legion is something that never leaves you and Remus stood a fair chance.’
    • ‘Each centurion was required to ensure that his century was a capable and effective fighting force.’
    • ‘Jesus welcomed outsiders: a Samaritan leper, a Syro-Phoenician woman, a Roman centurion, the good Samaritan and others.’
    • ‘This text from Acts is probably a synopsis of a sermon given by Peter for the benefit of the Roman centurion, Cornelius, who was a person of faith.’
    • ‘Both centurions and their centuries rushed to the scene, but it was not what was expected.’
    • ‘In most cases, a censor and a chiliarch or centurion from the Imperial Guard were ordered to jointly oversee campaigns to apprehend brigands.’


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