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central

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[ sen-truhl ]
/ ˈsɛn trəl /
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adjective
noun
(formerly)
  1. a main telephone exchange.
  2. a telephone operator at such an exchange.
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Origin of central

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First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin centrālis, “centrally located,” equivalent to centr(um) center + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM central

cen·tral·ly, adverb

Other definitions for central (2 of 3)

central2
[ sen-trahl; Spanish sen-trahl ]
/ sɛnˈtrɑl; Spanish sɛnˈtrɑl /

noun, plural cen·trals, Spanish cen·tra·les [sen-trah-les]. /sɛnˈtrɑ lɛs/.
(in Spanish America and the Philippines) a mill for crushing cane into raw sugar.

Origin of central

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First recorded in 1885–90; from Latin American Spanish, special use of Spanish central central1

Other definitions for central (3 of 3)

Central
[ sen-truhl ]
/ ˈsɛn trəl /

noun
a region in central Scotland. 1,016 sq. mi. (2,631 sq. km).
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How to use central in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for central

central
/ (ˈsɛntrəl) /

adjective
in, at, of, from, containing, or forming the centre of somethingthe central street in a city; the central material of a golf ball
main, principal, or chief; most importantthe central cause of a problem
  1. of or relating to the central nervous system
  2. of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the tongue held in an intermediate position halfway between the positions for back and front vowels, as for the a of English soda
(of a force) directed from or towards a point
informal (immediately postpositive) used to describe a place where a specified thing, quality, etc is to be found in abundancenostalgia central

Derived forms of central

centrally, adverb
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