in some European countries, a commercial weight approximately equal to the British hundredweight
Origin of centnerGerman centner, zentner ; from Old High German centenari ; from Medieval Latin centenarius, weighing 100 pounds ; from L: see centenary
- a. A unit of weight in Germany and Scandinavia corresponding to the hundredweight and equal to 50 kilograms (110.23 pounds).b. A unit of weight in parts of the former Soviet Union equal to 100 kilograms (220.46 pounds).
- An assaying unit equal to one dram.
Origin of centnerGerman Zentner, from Old High German c&edie;ntenari, from Latin cent&emacron;narius, of a hundred; see centenary.
Probably from Lower German Zentner, comparable to the hundredweight