centavo

[ sen-tah-voh; Spanish sen-tah-vaw ]
/ sɛnˈtɑ voʊ; Spanish sɛnˈtɑ vɔ /

noun, plural cen·ta·vos [sen-tah-vohz; Spanish sen-tah-vaws]. /sɛnˈtɑ voʊz; Spanish sɛnˈtɑ vɔs/.

one 100th of the monetary units of various nations, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Philippines.

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Origin of centavo

First recorded in 1880–85; from Spanish: “one 100th part,” equivalent to cent- “100” (see cent) + -avo, from Latin -āvum as in octāvum “eighth”; see octavo
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British Dictionary definitions for centavo

centavo
/ (sɛnˈtɑːvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos

a monetary unit of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
a former monetary unit of Ecuador, El Salvador, and Portugal, worth one hundredth of their former standard units

Word Origin for centavo

Spanish: one hundredth part
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