from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the main unit of currency in many countries. Symbol: ¢.
  • n. A small sum of money.
  • n. A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the euro.
  • n. A coin having face value of one cent (in either of the above senses).
  • n. A hundredth of a half step.
  • abbr. century

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hundred.
  • n. A United States coin, the hundredth part of a dollar, formerly made of copper, now of copper, tin, and zinc.
  • n. An old game at cards, supposed to be like piquet; -- so called because 100 points won the game.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hundred.
  • n. The hundredth part of a dollar, a rupee, or a florin; especially, in the United States, a coin of copper, or copper and nickel, whose value is the hundredth part of a dollar, or about the same as an English half-penny.
  • n. An old superficial measure of Belgium, the hundredth part of the bonnier.
  • n. An old game at cards: so called “because 100 was the game” (Nares). Also spelled sant and saint.
  • n. An abbreviation of Latin centum, a hundred: used in per cent. for per centum (in or by the hundred): as, interest at 10 per cent.; fifty per cent. of the population.
  • n. A name of various coins reckoned as the hundredth part of a dollar.
  • n. An abbreviation of central;
  • n. of centigrade;
  • n. of century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
  • n. a fractional monetary unit of several countries


Middle English, from Old French, hundred, from Latin centum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cent, from Latin centum, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱm̥tóm. (Wiktionary)



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  • In music, Wikipedia tells us, the cent "is a logarithmic unit of measure used for musical intervals. Typically cents are used to measure extremely small intervals, or to compare the sizes of comparable intervals in different tuning systems, and in fact the interval of one cent is much too small to be heard between successive notes."

    Specifically, "1200 cents are equal to one octave — a frequency ratio of 2:1 — and an equally tempered semitone (the interval between two adjacent piano keys) is equal to 100 cents."

    February 2, 2010

  • French for 'hundred'.

    January 9, 2008