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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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The terrified dog was swollen, severely dehydrated, covered in sores and missing 90 per cent of her fur when she was found, the group wrote. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Badly Injured Dog Rescued While Being Buried Alive on Hawaii Beach by Machete-Wielding Man," 15 July 2019 The Amazon forest is often referred to as the planet's lungs, producing 20 per cent of the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "Amazon destruction accelerates 60% to one and a half soccer fields every minute," 2 July 2019 As many as 70 per cent of 2-year-olds in training will develop the condition, veterinarians said. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 The current cost of a first-class stamp is 55 cents, but the postal service will charge the state 64 cents for each business reply envelope returned by voters, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office. oregonlive.com, "Pre-paid Oregon ballots one step closer to becoming law," 19 June 2019 Extras, like waffle cones or bowls, are $1 to $2 and toppings, like sauces, candies, sprinkles, baked goods, fruit and cereal, are 50 to 65 cents. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Capital Ice Cream Opens On Capitol Avenue In Hartford," 7 June 2018 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

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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



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1 centigrade
2 century

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