Origin of centi-
Words nearby centi-
WORDS THAT USE CENTI-
What does centi- mean?
Centi- 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.
What are variants of centi-?
Examples of centi-
One example of a term featuring centi- that you may have encountered is centimeter, “one 100th of a meter.”
The centi- part of the word here means “hundredth,” as used in units of measure. The -meter part in this word refers to meter, “the fundamental unit of length in the metric system.” Centimeter literally means “a hundredth of a meter.”
Centimeter comes from the French centimètre, which uses the equivalent form of centi- in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form centi-?
Most of the following forms feature the equivalent forms of centi- in French or Latin.
What are some other forms that centi- may be commonly confused with?
How to use centi- in a sentence
The party's leader, Naftali Bennett, is an American-born centi-millionaire who resembles a younger, fitter Sheldon Adelson.