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cent /sɛnt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Currencya coin that is the smallest unit of money of the U.S., equal to 1100 of a dollar:A penny is a coin that is worth one cent.
  2. Currencya unit of money of various other nations equal to 1100 of the basic currency.
See -cent-.
cent.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. Physicscentigrade.
  2. central.

-cent-, root. 
  1. -cent- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "one hundred.'' This meaning is found in such words as: cent, centennial, centigrade, centimeter, centipede, century, percent.

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cent  (sent),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Currencya bronze coin of the U.S., the 100th part of a U.S. dollar: made of steel during part of 1943. Symbol: ¢
  2. Currencythe 100th part of the monetary units of various other nations, including Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda.
  3. sen3.
  • Latin centēsimus hundredth (by shortening), equivalent. to cent(um) 100 (see hundred) + -ēsimus ordinal suffix
  • Middle English 1325–75

  • var. of  centi- before a vowel:centare.

  • cent., 
    1. Physicscentigrade.
    2. central.
    3. centum.
    4. century.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    cent /sɛnt/ n
    1. a monetary unit of American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Brunei, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, the Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, the United States, the Vatican City, the Virgin Islands, and Zimbabwe. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
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    centi-, prefix. 
  • Mathematicscenti- is attached to roots to mean "hundredth'' or "hundred'': centiliter (= one hundredth of a liter);
    centipede (
    = (creature having) one hundred feet).

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
  • Mathematicsa combining form meaning "hundredth'' or "hundred,'' used in the formation of compound words:centiliter;centimeter;centipede.
  • Also,[esp. before a vowel,] cent-. 
    • Latin, combining form of centum

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