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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

Definition of cent (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of Cent (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of cent in a Sentence

Noun A dime is worth 10 cents.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Between 2012 and 2017, the number of farms smaller than nine acres jumped seventy-three per cent across the state. Yasmin Tayag, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2022 Even more distressing, according to a report co-authored by the Association of Wartime Allies and Mina’s List: only an estimated seven to ten per cent of S.I.V. primary applicants are women. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2022 For people who are vaccinated, the virus poses little risk: a complete series of polio immunization is more than ninety-nine-per-cent protective against systemic disease. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 22 Aug. 2022 Live currency data reported by MarketWatch shows the euro slipping just a few hundredths of a cent above the dollar, while Bloomberg and Reuters reported that the euro briefly slipped below a dollar in value. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 In 2018, an even larger bipartisan majority—seventy-five per cent of Ohio voters—passed a similar resolution for the state’s congressional districts. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 Even so, in survey after survey, some seventy to eighty per cent of citizens profess to having no religious beliefs at all. Hiroko Yoda, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 When the bubble burst, commercial-real-estate prices fell eighty-seven per cent nationwide. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 Ninety-seven per cent of lower income respondents reported food price increases. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Cent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cent. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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