[sen-tes-uh-moh; Italian chen-te-zee-maw; Spanish sen-te-see-maw]
noun, plural cen·tes·i·mi [sen-tes-uh-mee; Italian chen-te-zee-mee] /sɛnˈtɛs ə mi; Italian tʃɛnˈtɛ zi mi/, cen·tes·i·mos [sen-tes-uh-mohz; Spanish sen-te-see-maws] /sɛnˈtɛs əˌmoʊz; Spanish sɛnˈtɛ siˌmɔs/.
  1. a monetary unit of Italy until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a lira.
  2. a cupronickel coin of Uruguay, the 100th part of a peso.
  3. a copper coin of Panama, the 100th part of a balboa.

Origin of centesimo

1850–55; < Italian, Spanish < Latin centēsimus; see centesimal
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Examples from the Web for centesimo

Historical Examples of centesimo

  • I will give two sous for the original four, and not a centesimo more.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • I shall rot in hell before ever I put one centesimo into your filthy claws!

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • He never spends a soldo, I am positive; and if he drops a centesimo under the benches, he is capable of hunting for it for a week.

    Cuore (Heart)

    Edmondo De Amicis

British Dictionary definitions for centesimo


noun plural -mos or -mi
  1. a former monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City worth one hundredth of a lira

Word Origin for centesimo

C19: from Italian, from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred


noun plural -mos or -mi
  1. a monetary unit of Panama and Uruguay. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units

Word Origin for centésimo

C19: from Spanish; see centesimo
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