- a literary or musical work made up of passages from other works
- anything made up of badly matched parts
Origin of centoL, patchwork blanket from Indo-European base an unverified form kentho-, rags from source Sanskrit kanth?, patched garment, Old High German hadara, rag, patch
A poem or other literary work pieced together from the works of several authors.
Origin of centoLatin centō patchwork
(plural centos or centones)
- A hotchpotch, a mixture; especially a piece made up of quotations from other authors.
- c note, c-note, Noteć
From Latin cento ‘patchwork garment’.