[sen-tah-voh; Spanish sen-tah-vaw]
- the 100th part 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.
Origin of centavo
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Examples from the Web for centavo
Nation has interesting monetary system based on peso with peso being worth 100 centavos and centavo being worth nothing.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
So she won every ounce, dollar, real, and centavo they had in their pockets!Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
I toss her a centavo, and she allows me to kodak herself and child.
Not one centavo of the funds appropriated had ever been expended.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)
Dean Conant Worcester
At the Rancho Tejemanil, I offered a boy a centavo for bringing me a cup of cold water.
We buy several oranges for a centavo, and a centavo is worth less than half an American cent.
- 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
Spanish: one hundredth part
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