cen·​to | \ ˈsen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce cento (audio) \
plural centones\ sen-​ˈtō-​(ˌ)nēz How to pronounce cento (audio) \

Definition of cento

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a literary work made up of parts from other works

Definition of CENTO (Entry 2 of 2)

Central Treaty Organization

Examples of cento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her strikingly personal relationship with Mary — who appears in both the Quran and the Bible — becomes a profound and steadying compass, as do lines from many other poets and philosophers, woven into the text in cento style. Leila Chatti, New York Times, "Poem: Waking After the Surgery," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cento


circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cento


Late Latin, from Latin, patchwork garment; perhaps akin to Sanskrit kanthā patched garment

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“Cento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cento. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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