[ sen-toh ]
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noun,plural cen·tos.
  1. a piece of writing, especially a poem, composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.

  2. anything composed of incongruous parts; conglomeration.

  1. Obsolete. a patchwork.

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/, adjective
  • cen·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)

[ sen-toh ]

  1. 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


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How to use cento in a sentence

  • The old themes and verses aimed at producing decorous centos culled from the works of classical rhetoricians and poets.

  • Some are made up of stanzas from several different predecessors, others are almost centos of stock phrases.

    Robert Burns | William Allan Neilson
  • But he has fallen into the error of all selectors of centos,—an abuse of good things.

  • Fine writing is with him all verbiage and monotony—a translation into classical centos or hexameter lines.

  • He is a writer of centos, and yet in originality scarcely inferior to Homer.

British Dictionary definitions for cento (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɛntəʊ) /

nounplural -tos
  1. a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors

Origin of cento

C17: from Latin, literally: patchwork garment

British Dictionary definitions for CENTO (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɛntəʊ) /

n acronym for
  1. 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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