- a bronze coin of the U.S., the 100th part of a U.S. dollar: made of steel during part of 1943. Symbol: ¢
- the 100th part of the monetary units of various other nations, including Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brunei, 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.
- a monetary unit of certain European Union countries, the 100th part of a euro.
Origin of cent
- variant of centi- before a vowel: centare.
Examples from the Web for cent
For example, since 2011 it has been adding 30 per cent more capacity per year on flights to Puerto Rico.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
Force senators, their spouses and their immediate family to report their wealth down to the last dollar and cent.A Conservative Explains Why The GOP Could Lose
November 2, 2014
It stayed at the top for three days, out-pacing tracks by Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.When Harry Met Cancer
April 10, 2014
An ode to Meryl Streep's brilliant selfie, taken at a Lakers game with 50 Cent and Kobe Bryant.Meryl Streep Took a Selfie With 50 Cent and Kobe Bryant. Give Her an Oscar.
January 27, 2014
Icons of the genre, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West, effortlessly telegraph cool.Chet Haze and Hollywood’s Silver Spoon MCs
December 9, 2013
"We don't scare worth a cent," she snapped, with the virulence of a vixen.Within the Law
I gits half eat by that crazy skate, an' fired without a cent fer it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
What he gits for fixin' the mill ain't nothin' to me—I don't git a cent on it.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Yes, Martin Wade might leave her but all his property must be left behind—every cent of it.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"Not a cent," says selfish Prudence; and I drop it from my fingers.Yankee Gypsies
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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
- an interval of pitch between two frequencies f 2 and f 1 equal to 3986.31 log (f 2 / f 1); one twelve-hundredth of the interval between two frequencies having the ratio 1:2 (an octave)
Word Origin and History for cent
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.
Idioms and Phrases with cent
see for two cents; not worth a dime (red cent); put in one's two cents.