Definition of cento in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntəʊ/

noun (plural centos)

A literary work made up of quotations from other authors.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with cento

cinquecento, divertimento, lento, memento, pimiento, portamento, Risorgimento, Sacramento, Sorrento, Trento
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