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Origin of cent
Definition for cent (2 of 3)
Definition for cent (3 of 3)
WORDS THAT USE CENT-
What does cent- mean?
Cent- comes from the Latin centum, meaning “hundred.” The word cent, as in a hundredth of a dollar and also known as a penny, ultimately comes from this same Latin root, as does percent. The Greek word for “hundred” is hekatón, source of the combining forms hecto-, hect-, hekto-, and hekt-, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Cent- is a variant of centi-, which loses its -i– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use centi- article.
Examples of cent-
Among other senses, centennial means “marking or lasting one hundred years, such as the centennial anniversary of an event.”
The cent- part of the word means “hundred” and -ennial means “pertaining to a period of years.” So, centennial has a literal sense of “hundred year period.”
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form cent-?
The following forms feature the equivalent forms of cent- in Latin, Spanish, or French.
What are some other forms that cent- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters cent- is necessarily using the combining form cent- to denote “hundredth,” such as center or centaur. Learn more about their history and meaning at our entries for the words.
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British Dictionary definitions for cent
Word Origin for cent
Idioms and Phrases with cent
see for two cents; not worth a dime (red cent); put in one's two cents.