Origin of cent
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WORDS THAT USE CENT-
What does cent- mean?
Cent- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “hundredth” or “hundred.”
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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How to use cent in a sentence
For example, since 2011 it has been adding 30 per cent more capacity per year on flights to Puerto Rico.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!|Clive Irving|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Wall Street Journal reported that in the U.S. 44 per cent of drinkers aged between 21 and 27 had never even tried Budweiser.
In Kentucky the bourbon distillers have had to increase their payrolls by 77 per cent in two years to meet the demand.
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|Bill Whalen|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And--crucially--if no one gets 50 per cent of the vote, the top two candidates face off on December 6th.Election Day In The Big Sleazy|Jeff Greenfield|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Act permits member banks to accept an amount of bills not exceeding 50 per cent.
We did not talk much about the past at dinner, except—ah me, how bitterly we regretted our 10 per cent.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Up to the present, I have not received a cent from the revolutionists or from the Spanish Government to cover these expenses.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The percentage of gold to the notes—the main demand liability—has, of course, fallen from about 65 to 35 per cent.
At present this medium is paper money depreciated, as in the case of the Reichsbank notes, by nearly 30 per cent.
British Dictionary definitions for cent
Word Origin for cent
Other Idioms and Phrases with cent
see for two cents; not worth a dime (red cent); put in one's two cents.