: a hundredth part of the unit of the money system in a number of different countries <In the United States 100 cents equal one dollar.>
: a coin, token, or note representing one cent
Word Root of CENT
The Latin word centum, meaning “hundred,” gives us the root cent. Words from the Latin centum have something to do with the number 100. A dollar is made up of 100 cents. A century is a period of 100 years. A percent is the portion of something out of 100 parts.