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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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Definition of Cent (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of cent in a Sentence

Noun A dime is worth 10 cents.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 1918 flu pandemic claimed at least 50 million lives, or 2.5 per cent of the global population, according to current estimates. Laura Spinney, Time, "The World Changed Its Approach to Health After the 1918 Flu. Will It After The COVID-19 Outbreak?," 7 Mar. 2020 More than 88 per cent have been checked, and about 3,300 have shown symptoms such as fever, Kim added. NBC News, "Kuwait urges citizens to avoid traveling," 29 Feb. 2020 The Marvel comics actually flesh out Magni’s character more than Norse mythology did (although Ragnarok 100 per cent has nothing to do with the Marvel version). Gina Vaynshteyn, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Ragnarok Is Based On Norse Mythology — Here’s A Primer," 4 Feb. 2020 Gasoline has dropped about 50 cents a gallon from last year near her home in the 6,000-person town of Raton, N.M.—lowering the cost of trips to restaurants, movie theaters or the closest Walmart, in neighboring Colorado. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Falling Fuel Costs Buoy U.S. Consumers," 23 Feb. 2020 Spending on outside services counts as only 50 cents on the dollar toward the balance. New York Times, "Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World," 17 Dec. 2019 That’s 12 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Iran state TV acknowledges security forces killed people – calling them ‘rioters’ – during protests over gas prices," 3 Dec. 2019 That’s 12 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon. Washington Post, "Amnesty says at least 208 killed in Iran protests, crackdown," 3 Dec. 2019 That’s 13 cents a liter, or about 50 cents a gallon. Fox News, "Iran’s Ayatollah warns 'thugs' as protests escalate over increase gas prices," 18 Nov. 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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17 Mar 2020

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“Cent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cent. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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