centner

[ sent-ner ]
/ ˈsɛnt nər /

noun

(in several European countries) a unit of weight of 50 kilograms, equivalent to 110.2 pounds avoirdupois.
a unit of 100 kilograms.

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Origin of centner

1675–85 for sense “hundredweight”; <Low German; compare German Zentner,Old High German centenari<Latin centēnārius of a hundred; see centenary
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British Dictionary definitions for centner

centner
/ (ˈsɛntnə) /

noun

Also called (esp US): short hundredweight a unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds (45.3 kilograms)
(in some European countries) a unit of weight equivalent to 50 kilograms (110.23 pounds)
a unit of weight equivalent to 100 kilograms

Word Origin for centner

C17: from German Zentner, ultimately from Latin centēnārius of a hundred; see centenary
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