Pronunciation Noun

cent (plural cents)

  1. (money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the main unit of currency in many countries. Symbol: ¢.
  2. (informal) A small sum of money.
    He blew every last cent.
  3. (money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the euro.
  4. (money) A coin having face value of one cent (in either of the above senses).
  5. (music) A hundredth of a semitone or half step.
  6. Abbreviation of century#English|century.
  7. (obsolete, except in per cent) Abbreviation of centum#English|centum. One hundred.
    • circa 1450 Octouian Imperator (Octavian), lines 1463-4:
      And broght with hem many stout cent / Of green lordynges.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Moral Essays, [//www.bartleby.com/203/145.html Epistle III] to Allen, Lord Bathurst, 372:
      The demon makes his full descent / In one abundant shower of cent per cent.
  8. Abbreviation of centigrade#English|centigrade.
  9. Abbreviation of center#English|center.
  • (of a dollar) dollarcent
  • (of a euro) eurocent
  • (coin (Canada, US)) penny
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: (pièce d'un) cent (of dollar), (pièce d'un) centime (of euro)
  • German: Cent
  • Italian: soldino
  • Russian: цент

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