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cent

noun \ ˈsent \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of cent

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

Examples of cent in a Sentence

  1. A dime is worth 10 cents.

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Origin and Etymology of cent

French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred


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CENT Defined for English Language Learners

cent

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Definition of cent for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


CENT Defined for Kids

cent

noun \ ˈsent \

Definition of cent for Students

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

Word Root of cent

The Latin word centum, meaning “hundred,” gives us the root cent. Words from the Latin centum have something to do with the number 100. A dollar is made up of 100 cents. A century is a period of 100 years. A percent is the portion of something out of 100 parts.


cent.

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Definition of cent. for Students

1 centigrade
2 century


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