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 cëntenāri from Latin centēnārius of a hundred ; see centenary .
Probably from Lower German Zentner, comparable to the hundredweight