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centime

[sahn-teem; French sahn-teem]
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noun, plural cen·times [sahn-teemz; French sahn-teem] /ˈsɑnˈtimz; French sɑ̃ˈtim/.
  1. a monetary unit of various nations and territories, as Lichtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, the 100th part of a franc.
  2. a monetary unit of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a franc.
  3. a money of account of Haiti, the 100th part of a gourde.
  4. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Algeria, the 100th part of a dinar.
  5. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Morocco, the 100th part of a dirham.
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Origin of centime

1795–1805; < French; Old French centiesme < Latin centēsimum, accusative of centēsimus hundredth; see cent
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Examples from the Web for centime

Historical Examples

  • It is all written down; I am not at all uneasy; mademoiselle will not wrong me by a centime.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Look out sharp, for you 'll have to account for every centime of it when we meet.

  • "The forty centime one will do, thank you," said little Perrine.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • A centime is the hundredth of a franc, and fifty centimes is ten cents.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic

  • Every centime I get comes from the sale of my books, the rights of translation, etc.


British Dictionary definitions for centime

centime

noun
  1. a monetary unit of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French Polynesia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mali, Mayotte, Morocco, New Caledonia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Switzerland, and Togo. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
  2. a former monetary unit of Andorra, Belgium, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Martinique, Monaco, and Réunion, worth one hundredth of a franc
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Old French centiesme from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
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Word Origin and History for centime

n.

1801, from French centime, from cent (see centi-) on analogy of décime (pars).

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