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[sahn-teem; French sahn-teem] /ˈsɑn tim; French sɑ̃ˈtim/
noun, plural centimes
[sahn-teemz; French sahn-teem] /ˈsɑnˈtimz; French sɑ̃ˈtim/ (Show IPA)
a monetary unit of various nations and territories, as Lichtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, the 100th part of a franc.
a monetary unit of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a franc.
a money of account of Haiti, the 100th part of a gourde.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Algeria, the 100th part of a dinar.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Morocco, the 100th part of a dirham.
Origin of centime
1795-1805; < French; Old French centiesme < Latin centēsimum, accusative of centēsimus hundredth; see cent Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for centime
Historical Examples
  • "The forty centime one will do, thank you," said little Perrine.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • It is all written down; I am not at all uneasy; mademoiselle will not wrong me by a centime.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • But neither he nor his creditors can lay a finger upon the pictures, nor raise a centime upon them.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • Look out sharp, for you 'll have to account for every centime of it when we meet.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Before Eve's own death, every centime of debt was cleared off.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • Every centime I get comes from the sale of my books, the rights of translation, etc.

  • She had not a centime to begin with, this courageous lady, left a widow without resources, and a son to bring up.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • A centime is the hundredth part of a franc, and a franc is about nineteen cents.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • A centime is the hundredth of a franc, and fifty centimes is ten cents.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • Costantino was working for the Vulture, and he would never let him have a centime.

    After the Divorce Grazia Deledda
British Dictionary definitions for centime


/ˈsɒnˌtiːm; French sɑ̃tim/
a monetary unit of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French Polynesia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mali, Mayotte, Morocco, New Caledonia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland, and Togo. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
a former monetary unit of Andorra, Belgium, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Martinique, Monaco, and Réunion, worth one hundredth of a franc
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French centiesme from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for centime

1801, from French centime, from cent (see centi-) on analogy of décime (pars).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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