- 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.
Origin of cento
First recorded in 1595–1605, cento is from the Latin word centō patchwork quilt or curtain
- 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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Examples from the Web for cento
But, withal, there are unity and progress in this cento of citations.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2
This work is, for the most part, what the author himself styles it, 'a cento;' but it is a very ingenious one.The Anatomy of Melancholy
Cento Racconti per divertire gli amici nelle ore oziose e nuovi brindisi per spasso nelle tavole e nelle conversazioni.
The last anecdote is quite popular, and is found in a number of popular stories, as well as in the Cento Novelle Antiche.
There are several Italian literary versions, the best known being in the Cento nov. ant.
- a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors
C17: from Latin, literally: patchwork garment
- 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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