[sen-tes-uh-moh; Italian chen-te-zee-maw; Spanish sen-te-see-maw]
- a monetary unit of Italy until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a lira.
- a cupronickel coin of Uruguay, the 100th part of a peso.
- a copper coin of Panama, the 100th part of a balboa.
Origin of centesimo
1850–55; < Italian, Spanish < Latin centēsimus; see centesimal
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Examples from the Web for centesimo
I will give two sous for the original four, and not a centesimo more.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
I shall rot in hell before ever I put one centesimo into your filthy claws!The Wolf Cub
He never spends a soldo, I am positive; and if he drops a centesimo under the benches, he is capable of hunting for it for a week.Cuore (Heart)
Edmondo De Amicis
- a former monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City worth one hundredth of a lira
C19: from Italian, from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
- a monetary unit of Panama and Uruguay. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
C19: from Spanish; see centesimo
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