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Definition of cent

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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

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Examples of cent in a Sentence

Noun A dime is worth 10 cents.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Normally, between thirty and thirty-five per cent of Americans experience short-term insomnia; those numbers, Posner suggested, are likely increasing, thanks to the rhythmlessness, loneliness, and heightened anxiety of quarantine. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Late-Night Revelations in a Memoir of Insomnia," 4 June 2020 Resuming the season isn’t just about making sure athletes get every cent. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons' fall future hinges on success of NBA's Orlando bubble," 11 July 2020 As of July 1st, seventy-seven per cent of the city’s thirty-seven hundred cases have come out of Potter. Lauren Hilgers, The New Yorker, "How Two Waves of Coronavirus Cases Swept Through the Texas Panhandle," 10 July 2020 Even if Cam Newton earns every cent in his incentive-laden contract with the New England Patriots, his $7.5 million payday still will rank in the lower quarter among starting NFL quarterbacks’ compensation for the 2020 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cam Newton says he’s playing for respect in 2020," 2 July 2020 Under current law, half-a-cent per gallon of the revenue from the gas tax is distributed to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund and the Water and Air Quality Account. Washington Examiner, "North Carolina House to review bill that would restructure transportation budget," 23 June 2020 The median annual income of black residents in the Twin Cities is less than half that of whites, and, though about seventy-five per cent of white families own their homes, only about a quarter of black families do. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Some team executives privately have expressed worries about long-lasting damage to the game because of owners attempting to squeeze every cent out of the players. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Greed preventing baseball from seizing its opportunity," 8 June 2020 According to the report, nearly 90 per cent of the world economy has been under some form of lockdown, disrupting supply chains, depressing consumer demand, and putting millions out of work. BostonGlobe.com, "Across Europe, reopening borders in time for summer," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of cent


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cent


French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

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31 Jul 2020

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“Cent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cent. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cent

: 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.


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Kids Definition of cent

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

Kids Definition of cent.

1 centigrade
2 century

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