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[sen-tuh-moh; Spanish then-tee-maw, sen-] /ˈsɛn təˌmoʊ; Spanish ˈθɛn tiˌmɔ, ˈsɛn-/
noun, plural centimos
[sen-tuh-mohz; Spanish then-tee-maws, sen-] /ˈsɛn təˌmoʊz; Spanish ˈθɛn tiˌmɔs, ˈsɛn-/ (Show IPA)
the 100th part of the monetary units of various countries, as Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
Origin of centimo
1895-1900; < Spanish < French centime. See centime Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for centimo
Historical Examples
  • There is no hurry—nor time nor aching vertebr with them count one centimo.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • Priest and peasant, the great lady and the gentleman who sells one a glass of water for a centimo, brush past each other.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • Many a centimo would find its way from her pocket to his, and he would think her more motherly than ever.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • Heaven be praised I have never been in actual want; and Juan knows that he has never in vain asked me to lend him a centimo.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for centimo


noun (pl) -mos
a monetary unit of Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard currency units
a former monetary unit of Andorra and Spain, worth one hundredth of a peseta
Word Origin
from Spanish; see centime


noun (pl) -mos
a monetary unit of Sao Tomê e Principe, worth one hundredth of a dobra
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