- The definition of a centurion is a leader of 60 to 100 soldiers in the ancient Roman army.
The leader of 80 soldiers in the Roman army in 100 BC is an example of a centurion.
A Roman centurion.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English centurioun ; from Classical Latin centurio (gen. centurionis) ; from centuria: see century
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin centuriō, centuriōn-, from centuria, group of a hundred; see century.