[ sen-toh ]
/ ˈsɛn toʊ /

noun, plural cen·tos.

a piece of writing, especially a poem, composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.
anything composed of incongruous parts; conglomeration.
Obsolete. a patchwork.

Nearby words

  1. centipede grass,
  2. centipoise,
  3. centistere,
  4. centistoke,
  5. centner,
  6. centonical,
  7. centr-,
  8. centra,
  9. centrad,
  10. central

Origin of cento

First recorded in 1595–1605, cento is from the Latin word centō patchwork quilt or curtain

Related formscen·ton·i·cal [sen-ton-i-kuh l] /sɛnˈtɒn ɪ kəl/, adjectivecen·to·nism [sen-tn-iz-uh m] /ˈsɛn tnˌɪz əm/, cen·to·ni·za·tion [sen-tn-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛn tn əˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun


[ sen-toh ]
/ ˈsɛn toʊ /


a former organization (1959–79) for economic and military cooperation, established as successor to the Baghdad Pact, and comprising Great Britain, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The U.S. had affiliate status.

Origin of CENTO

Cen(tral) T(reaty) O(rganization)

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British Dictionary definitions for cento


/ (ˈsɛntəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors

Word Origin for cento

C17: from Latin, literally: patchwork garment


/ (ˈsɛntəʊ) /

n acronym for

Central Treaty Organization; an organization for military and economic cooperation formed in 1959 by the UK, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as a successor to the Baghdad Pact: disbanded 1979
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