a monetary unit of various countries, equal to of the basic unit
Origin of centavoSp, a hundredth from Classical Latin centum, hundred
- A unit of currency that is equal to 1100 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 1100 of the Portuguese escudo.
Origin of centavoSpanish hundredth from Latin centum hundred ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.