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Definition of cent

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1 : a monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ of a basic unit of value (such as dollar, euro, rand) — see birr, dollar, euro, leone, lilangeni, nakfa, rand, rupee, shilling at Money Table
2 : a coin, token, or note representing one cent
3 : the fen of the People's Republic of China


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Examples of cent in a Sentence


A dime is worth 10 cents.

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Every cent of that is no doubt properly attributed to all of Carta’s 650 or so shareholders. The Economist, "New firms help startups keep track of their owners," 4 July 2019 In 2017, the most recent year for which tax returns are available, female directors at the top 25 largest museums earned on average about 76 cents for every dollar paid to a male director. Washington Post, "Women are increasingly getting the top museum jobs. Will more of them finally get equal pay?," 2 July 2019 Both, though, had been averaging less than one per cent in the polls. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Primary’s Moving Margins," 30 June 2019 Progress toward women reaching equal pay with men has been slow When Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) first introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in 1997, women in the US earned about 74 cents for every dollar men earned. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Democrats gave the wrong answers about the gender pay gap," 27 June 2019 The bill would cut the rate landline phone providers pay into a universal service fund from 8.5% to 6%, saving them about 50 cents a month on a typical $20 phone bill, or $6 a year. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Oregon House approves cell phone fee," 24 June 2019 Deliv’s California workers will be paid an hourly base rate of at least minimum wage plus the IRS mileage reimbursement, slated to go to up to 58 cents next month. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Deliv switching California couriers to employees — ‘start of a wave’," 22 June 2019 The school allowed it, so long as the players didn’t spend more than 50 cents each. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Milan Miracle's shadow has made Fillmore the greatest story never told from 1954," 22 June 2019 At stalls around the city, sellers will peddle a kilogram of mangos for between 20 and 50 Philippine pesos (38 to 96 US cents). Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Philippines has 2 million kilos of extra mangos—and a plan to deal with them," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of cent


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cent


French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

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English Language Learners 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.


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Kids Definition of cent

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 : a coin, token, or note representing one cent



Kids Definition of cent.

1 centigrade
2 century

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