Definition of centime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsänˌtēm/
Pronunciation: /ˈsenˌtēm/


A monetary unit of Switzerland and certain other countries (including France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the introduction of the euro), equal to one hundredth of a franc or other decimal currency unit.
Example sentences
  • The shares gained 20 centimes, or 0.4%, to 52.20 Swiss francs as of 10.08 am in Zurich.
  • Yet this same day, my local Pressing, where I bring my sumptuous linen sheets to be cleaned (which I bought by being cheap, and bargained for at a flea market), mistakenly overcharged me 60 centimes, which I didn't discover until I got home.
  • Go into just about every boulangerie in France nowadays and a standard baguette costs 80 centimes.


French, from Latin centesimus 'hundredth', from centum 'a hundred'.

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Syllabification: cen·time

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