- The definition of a cent is a unit of money equal to 1/100th of a dollar in the United States.
An example of a cent is one penny.
A United States penny equal to one cent.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a monetary unit of the U.S., equal to of a dollar; penny: symbol, ¢
- a coin of this value, made of an alloy of copper and zinc or tin; penny
- a monetary unit of various other countries, equal to of the basic unit
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin centum, hundred
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noun Abbr. ct.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, hundred, from Latin centum; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.Our Living Language The plural of cent is cent in some varieties of vernacular Southern English when preceded by a numeral: That costs eighty cent. The lack of the plural suffix -s in such constructions is also found with units of measurement like foot and pound. See Note at foot.
- Latin centum (hundred)