cen·​tas ˈsen-ˌtäs How to pronounce centas (audio)
plural centai ˈsen-ˌtī How to pronounce centas (audio) or centu ˈsen-ˌtü How to pronounce centas (audio) also centas
: a monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ litas used in Lithuania from 1923 until 1940 and from 1991 through 2014

Note: The plural centai is used for denominations two and five, centu is used for denominations ten and over, and centas is sometimes used in English language sources as a general plural.

Word History


Lithuanian (nominative plural centai, genitive plural centų), probably from French centime or English cent

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of centas was circa 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Centas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centas. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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