a monetary unit of various countries, equal to of the basic unit
Origin of centavoSpanish a hundredth ; from Classical Latin centum, hundred
- A unit of currency that is equal to 1/100 of the primary unit of currency in many Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
- A former unit of currency that was equal to 1/100 of the Portuguese escudo.
Origin of centavoSpanish, hundredth, from Latin centum, hundred; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.