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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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stephany hopes that in due course every cent of the money donated through crowdfunding will go to the beneficiaries. Lee Mannion, The Christian Science Monitor, "Crowdfunding helps Britain's homeless transition to stable housing and work," 24 Apr. 2018 Arte — a four-day festival returning April 26 to 29 — is their way to say thanks, with every cent earned benefiting arts education at Milwaukee schools. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things to see at Arte Para Todos, a Milwaukee music festival benefitting local schools," 23 Apr. 2018 Every cent comes from employees in the form of lower wages, from consumers in the form of higher prices, and from shareholders, from folks’ pension plans, in the form of lower returns. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will Companies Compete Away the Tax Cut's Bounty?," 5 Feb. 2018 John says the irony of risking death and using every last cent to travel thousands of miles to seek a better life, only to end up in a corrupt limbo, has broken minds in Mineo. Alex Perry, Newsweek, "Migrants and the New Mediterranean Mafia," 10 June 2015 To tie in with the concert and Prime Day, Amazon Music is giving new members four months of the premium service for just 99 cents. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Whole Foods is Giving Out $10 Credits for Prime Day," 10 July 2018 Nationally, prices have increased by about 61 cents during the same period. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Gas prices continue to slide in Houston," 18 June 2018 The difference between the sales tax rate being floated by the House and the one being floated by the Senate equates to about 17 cents on a $100 purchase. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana budget and taxes: What needs to be resolved before midnight," 4 June 2018 Life cereal will send you 55 foreign stamps for $1.75, but Crispy Wheats and Raisins will send you 59 stamps for only 15 cents. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Snap, crackle and flop, Steve Rubenstein, 1982," 17 May 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near cent


census taker

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Phrases Related to cent

not one red cent

put in one's two cents

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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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