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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

Definition of cent (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of Cent (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of cent in a Sentence

Noun A dime is worth 10 cents.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And more than eighty per cent believe that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 With just that stack of pennies to work with, every cent counts. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 The White House will take some comfort in that and hope that the 8.5-per-cent figure for inflation marked the peak. The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2022 And three additional states, Florida, Michigan and Indiana, are less than half-a-cent away from the $4 mark. Chris Isidore, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 As Warcraft became less about cultivating a community of dedicated fans and more about wringing out every last possible cent, players gradually soured on the game. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 19 Jan. 2022 With about 90 miles to go to our destination, the battery lost 8 per-cent of its charge in the 12-mile climb from 1200 to 4100 feet. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Russia’s economy, according to the International Monetary Fund, could shrink by thirty-five per cent this year under the weight of Western sanctions. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2022 Russia’s currency has lost half its value; 1 ruble is now worth less than three-quarters of a cent. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Cent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cent. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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