[sahn-teem; French sahn-teem]
- a monetary unit of various nations and territories, as Lichtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, the 100th part of a franc.
- a monetary unit of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a franc.
- a money of account of Haiti, the 100th part of a gourde.
- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Algeria, the 100th part of a dinar.
- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Morocco, the 100th part of a dirham.
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
It is all written down; I am not at all uneasy; mademoiselle will not wrong me by a centime.Doctor Pascal
Look out sharp, for you 'll have to account for every centime of it when we meet.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"The forty centime one will do, thank you," said little Perrine.Nobody's Girl
A centime is the hundredth of a franc, and fifty centimes is ten cents.Dikes and Ditches
Every centime I get comes from the sale of my books, the rights of translation, etc.
- 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
- a former monetary unit of Andorra, Belgium, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Luxembourg, Martinique, Monaco, and Réunion, worth one hundredth of a franc
C18: from French, from Old French centiesme from Latin centēsimus hundredth, from centum hundred
Word Origin and History for centime
1801, from French centime, from cent (see centi-) on analogy of décime (pars).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper