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cent

Syllabification: cent
Pronunciation: /sent
 
/

Definition of cent in English:

noun

1A monetary unit of the US, Canada, and various other countries, equal to one hundredth of a dollar, euro, or other decimal currency unit.
Example sentences
  • How many cents equal one dollar is not something that is subject to fluctuations.
  • At the same time, the dollar traded near 88.5 cents against the euro, its lowest level since 17 May.
  • Currently, 92 cents of every dollar spent on conservation payments to farmers is for their retiring environmentally sensitive land from production.
1.1 informal A small sum of money: she saved every cent possible
More example sentences
  • We fail to understand the huge difference, and everyone is going to save that few extra cents wherever possible.
  • It's the perception that I'm probably saving a few cents in the long run.
  • Every cent of that money should be spent for a good reason, especially in a time of budget difficulties, as a matter of public interest.
1.2 [in singular with negative] informal Used for emphasis to denote any money at all: he hadn’t yet earned a cent
More example sentences
  • After all, given the Parliamentary taxpayer funded work that they have done in the past, I think we deserve an assurance that not one cent of taxpayer money went into the website.
  • It asked for not one cent of provincial money, and in fact was required to pay a ‘negative subsidy’ of some $30 million a year to the province.
  • ‘Not one cent of taxpayers money has been used in any other than the most proper ethical and moral way,’ he told reporters.
2 Music One hundredth of a half step.
Example sentences
  • In a melodic half step, no "tendency was perceived of the lower tone toward the ... and diatonic semitones are 76.0490 and 117.108 cents wide respectively.
  • The closest intervals to an equal- tempered, 100-cent half-step are 63 cents or 177.
  • This proposal defines an easier micro tuning that sets offsets from an equal-tempered half-step by the cent.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'a hundred'): from French cent, Italian cento, or Latin centum 'hundred'.

More
  • hundred from (Old English):

    Old English had two words for this number. One was hund, which came from an ancient root shared by Latin centum—as in cent (L18 for the money), centigrade (early 19th century), century, and many other cent- words—and Greek hekaton (the source of hectare (early 19th century)). The other was hundred, which was formed from the same element plus another meaning ‘number’. Hundred was also then used to refer to a division of a county or shire that had its own court. This unit may originally have been equivalent to a hundred hides of land—a hide is an ancient measure typically equal to between 60 and 100 acres, which varied from area to area because it was a measure of the area of land which would feed a family and its dependants.

Phrases

one's two cents’ worth

1
North American informal One’s unsolicited opinion.
Example sentences
  • So in the interest of full disclosure, I am admitting here that I wrote a letter to George Lucas two years ago, when it first came through the grapevine that he was making a new Star Wars film, to give him my two cents' worth.
  • Below that - you will find my two cents' worth because I decided to ‘sign’ his guest book and add my own comments… just couldn't resist.
  • Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill, never shy to offer an opinion, has also chipped in with his two cents' worth.

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