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[sen-tes-uh-moh; Italian chen-te-zee-maw; Spanish sen-te-see-maw] /sɛnˈtɛs əˌmoʊ; Italian tʃɛnˈtɛ zi mɔ; Spanish sɛnˈtɛ siˌmɔ/
noun, plural centesimi
[sen-tes-uh-mee; Italian chen-te-zee-mee] /sɛnˈtɛs ə mi; Italian tʃɛnˈtɛ zi mi/ (Show IPA),
[sen-tes-uh-mohz; Spanish sen-te-see-maws] /sɛnˈtɛs əˌmoʊz; Spanish sɛnˈtɛ siˌmɔs/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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 Patrick Casey
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for centesimo


noun (pl) -mos, -mi
a former monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City worth one hundredth of a lira
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred


noun (pl) -mos, -mi
a monetary unit of Panama and Uruguay. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish; see centesimo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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