cent

noun
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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

cent

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Cent

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Examples of cent in a Sentence

Noun

A dime is worth 10 cents.

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In November’s midterms, Trump’s Republicans lost the popular vote for the House of Representatives by 8.6 per cent — the biggest defeat for a majority party since records began in 1942. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Sonny’s BBQ: Enjoy 50 cent crinkle cut fries on July 13. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Here's how to celebrate National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 Instead, Colleyville has lowered its tax rate more than 2 cents in two years. Gordon Dickson And Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Priced out of their home? North Texans see tax bill rise $1,200 in five years," 6 July 2018 At the most basic level, investing extra resources in being more careful about the civic impact of your tweets doesn’t necessarily pay off in dollars and cents. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Journalists should stop repeating Trump’s lies," 31 Oct. 2018 When the issues became too big to ignore, the stock price of Helios and Matheson reacted, with the stock price plummeting to as low as a single cent. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "MoviePass subscribers aren’t going to the movies, and that’s what MoviePass wants," 3 Oct. 2018 Fifteen years later, Germans were 17 per cent richer on average and their jobless rate was less than half that in France. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Revolution Française’ Review: The March of Macron," 12 Aug. 2018 O’Neill herself makes self-care a part of her day without shelling out a cent. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Why Your Self-Care Methods Aren't Working—and How to Fix That," 20 July 2018 The impact of this underrepresentation is wide-reaching, from re-enforcing the gender wage-gap (currently women make about 84 cents on the dollar compared to men) to weakened potential for innovation to the outright benefits of social equality. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cent

Noun

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cent

Noun

French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

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cent

noun

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

cent.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of cent.

1 centigrade
2 century

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