noun (1)
cen·​ta·​vo | \ sen-ˈtä-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce centavo (audio) \
plural centavos

Definition of centavo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a monetary subunit of the boliviano, córdoba, lempira, peso (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Mexico), quetzal, and sucre — see boliviano, córdoba, lempira, peso, quetzal at Money Table


noun (2)
cen·​ta·​vo | \ sen-ˈtä-(ˌ)vü How to pronounce centavo (audio) , -(ˌ)vō \
plural centavos

Definition of centavo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a former monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ Portuguese escudo
2 : a monetary subunit of the escudo, metical, and real — see escudo, metical at Money Table

First Known Use of centavo

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for centavo

Noun (1)

Spanish, literally, hundredth, from ciento hundred, from Latin centum

Noun (2)

Portuguese, from Spanish

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“Centavo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centavo. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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