cento

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cen•to  (sentō),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tos. 
  1. Literaturea piece of writing, esp. a poem, composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.
  2. anything composed of incongruous parts; conglomeration.
  3. [Obs.]a patchwork.
cen•ton•i•cal  (sentō),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin centō patchwork quilt or curtain
  • 1595–1605
cen•to•nism  (sentō),USA pronunciation  cen•to•ni•za•tion  (sentō),USA pronunciation n. 
CENTO  (sentō),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta former organization (1959–79) for economic and military cooperation, established as successor to the Baghdad Pact, and comprising Great Britain, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The U.S. had affiliate status.
  • Cen(tral) T(reaty) O(rganization)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cento /ˈsɛntəʊ/ n ( pl -tos)
  1. a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin, literally: patchwork garment
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
CENTO /ˈsɛntəʊ/ n acronym for
  1. Central Treaty Organization; an organization for military and economic cooperation formed in 1959 by the UK, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as a successor to the Baghdad Pact: disbanded 1979
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