cen·​tas | \ ˈsen-ˌtäs How to pronounce centas (audio) \
plural centai\ ˈsen-​ˌtī How to pronounce centai (audio) \ or centu\ ˈsen-​ˌtü How to pronounce centu (audio) \ also centas

Definition of 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.

First Known Use of centas

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centas

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

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The first known use of centas was circa 1934

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“Centas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centas. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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