A United States penny equal to one cent.
An example of a cent is one penny.
- 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 of centMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin centum, hundred
Origin of centMiddle English from Old French hundred from Latin centum ; see dek&mlowring; 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. foot
- Latin centum (hundred)
(plural cents or cent)
- (money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the main unit of currency in many countries. Symbol: ¢.
- (informal) A small sum of money.
- He blew every last cent.
- (money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the euro.
- (money) A coin having face value of one cent (in either of the above senses).
- (music) A hundredth of a half step.
- Due to the differing plural formats used in European languages, it is common to use the word cent as a plural throughout the Eurozone.
- (law) Abbreviation of central.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
- Variant of centi-