- (in several European countries) a unit of weight of 50 kilograms, equivalent to 110.2 pounds avoirdupois.
- a unit of 100 kilograms.
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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Examples from the Web for centner
Therefore, less went to the farmers for their wheat per bushel or centner.Principles of Political Economy
Arthur Latham Perry
At first sight it might appear from this statement that where Agricola uses the word centumpondium he means the German centner.De Re Metallica
Centner, sent′ner, n. a common name on the Continent for a hundredweight.
- 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
C17: from German Zentner, ultimately from Latin centēnārius of a hundred; see centenary