Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

cent

play
noun \ˈsent\

Simple Definition of cent

  • : a unit of money that is equal to 1/100 of the basic unit of money in many countries : one percent of a dollar, euro, rupee, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cent

  1. 1 :  a monetary unit equal to 1100 of a basic unit of value — see birr, dollar, euro, leone, lilangeni, nakfa, rand, rupee, shilling at money table

  2. 2 :  a coin, token, or note representing one cent

  3. 3 :  the fen of the People's Republic of China

Examples of cent in a sentence

  1. A dime is worth 10 cents.



Origin and Etymology of cent

French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred


First Known Use: 1782


2

cent

abbreviation

Definition of cent



Other Weights and Measures Terms

Rhymes with cent


Cent

abbreviation

Definition of Cent

  1. Central





CENT Defined for Kids

cent

play
noun \ˈsent\

Definition of cent for Students

  1. 1 :  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.>

  2. 2 :  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.


Learn More about cent


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion megillah torrent interruption
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ