cent

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noun

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: 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
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: a coin, token, or note representing one cent
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: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Fifty-nine per cent said conditions in the Peach State fit that description. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2024 Michigan’s gas prices have been going up and down lately, and on Monday, the average fell 8 cents from a week ago, dropping to $3.54 a gallon — good news for anyone traveling to and from a spot in the solar eclipse path of totality. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 In other words, the company needs to have at least 30% gross profit, less than 20% selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) and make at least 10 cents on the dollar. Adam Coffey, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Despite enormous strides across sectors, women still earn about 83 cents on the man’s dollar—yes, even now. Jane Thier, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 The price of a single banana has gone up roughly 20%, rising from 19 cents each to 23 cents. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2024 During January most gasoline prices ranged between 40 and 50 cents. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.com, 24 Mar. 2024 That’s an increase of roughly a hundred per cent from normal years. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 Recent Levada Center polling shows his approval rating is above eighty per cent. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

First Known Use

Noun

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cent was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Cent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cent. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cent

noun
ˈsent
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: a unit of value equal to ¹⁄₁₀₀ part of a basic unit of money (as of a dollar or euro)
2
: a coin or bill representing one cent
Etymology

Noun

from early French cent "hundred," from Latin centum "hundred"

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