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cent

[sent] /sɛnt/
noun
1.
a bronze coin of the U.S., the 100th part of a U.S. dollar: made of steel during part of 1943. Symbol: ¢.
2.
the 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, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda.
3.
a monetary unit of certain European Union countries, the 100th part of a euro.
4.
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Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin centēsimus hundredth (by shortening), equivalent to cent(um) 100 (see hundred) + -ēsimus ordinal suffix
Can be confused
cents, scents, sense.
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Examples from the web for cents
  • They sold for twenty-five cents each, without profit to either editor or publisher.
  • So, with the caveat that everyone does this differently, please allow me to offer my two cents.
  • It's good when someone else adds their two cents to refute an untruth.
  • At ten cents per treatment, chloroquine was cheap and simple to make, and it saved millions of lives.
  • The average hourly wage was sixteen dollars and fifty cents.
  • If they said the left side, they received half a cent but if they said the right side, they got fifty cents instead.
  • As somebody who's somewhat autistic, let me put my two cents in as to what the proper interpretation might be.
  • He went out and held up a taco joint and got sixteen dollars and thirteen cents.
  • Once every thousand entries they come across an error, a piddling five cents one way or the other.
  • Capote worked ten hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year for the same seventy-five cents a day.
British Dictionary definitions for cents

cent

/sɛnt/
noun
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
2.
an interval of pitch between two frequencies f2 and f1 equal to 3986.31 log (f2/f1); one twelve-hundredth of the interval between two frequencies having the ratio 1:2 (an octave)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
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Word Origin and History for cents

cent

n.

late 14c., from Latin centum "hundred" (see hundred). Middle English meaning was "one hundred," but it shifted 17c. to "hundredth part" under influence of percent. Chosen in this sense in 1786 as a name for a U.S. currency unit by Continental Congress. The word first was suggested by Robert Morris in 1782 under a different currency plan. Before the cent, Revolutionary and colonial dollars were reckoned in ninetieths, based on the exchange rate of Pennsylvania money and Spanish coin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cents

cents

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put one's two cents in, ten cents


cent

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a red cent


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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