Dictionary.com

cento

[ sen-toh ]
/ ˈsɛn toʊ /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of cento

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

OTHER WORDS FROM cento

cen·ton·i·cal [sen-ton-i-kuhl], /sɛnˈtɒn ɪ kəl/, adjectivecen·to·nism [sen-tn-iz-uhm], /ˈsɛn tnˌɪz əm/, cen·to·ni·za·tion [sen-tn-uh-zey-shuhn], /ˌsɛn tn əˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun

Other definitions for cento (2 of 2)

CENTO
[ sen-toh ]
/ ˈsɛn toʊ /

noun
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)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use cento in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cento (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for cento (2 of 2)

CENTO
/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK