Definition of cento in English:


Syllabification: cen·to
Pronunciation: /ˈsentō

noun (plural centos)

  • A literary work made up of quotations from other works.
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    • This passage is another characteristic cento of references to different Dante texts, although this has not been noted.
    • Centos are a great way to encourage older children to read poetry.
    • This glosa is based on R S Gwynn's Approaching A Significant Birthday He Peruses The Norton Anthology Of Poetry which is itself a cento.


early 17th century: Latin, 'patchwork garment', the original sense in English.

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