American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Table at currency.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the monetary system of Italy, the hundredth part of a lira; in that of Spain, the hundredth of a peseta: in both equal to the French centime, the hundredth part of a franc, or about one fifth of a United States cent.
- n. A money of account in some South American countries, about equal to a United States cent. In the Argentine Republic and Uruguay it is the hundredth part of a peso; in Peru, of a sol.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A copper coin of Italy and Spain equivalent to a centime.
- n. a fractional monetary unit of several countries: Panama and Italy and Uruguay and Chile
- Italian and Spanish. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish centésimo, hundredth, from Latin centēsimus; see centesimal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Anno a creatione mundi, quando in principio Deus creavit coelum et terram, quinquies millesimo centesimo nonagesimo nono:”
“Di fatto, il sistema è congegnato in modo da favorire l'evasore, a scapito di chi le tasse le paga, tutte, fino all'ultimo centesimo.”
“The units in the different States are, it is true, called by different names; as in France, Belgium and Switzerland, franc and centime; in Italy, lira and centesimo; in”
“Greece, drachm and lepta; in Roumania, lei and bani: in Servia, dinar and para; in Spain, peseta and centesimo; but in all cases the value is the same.”
“You may imagine in what a condition I find myself, in what misery, it is such that you will excuse my posting this letter without a stamp, but I have not a centesimo to send you the news of the disaster of Messina.”
“How should we feel if we read in the paper some morning that the Italian people had formed into an army of peace -- refusing to pay another centesimo for warfare?”
“I will give two sous for the original four, and not a centesimo more.”
“Caetera, de Christianis, Ottomanis, Babyloniis, Arabibus, et gravissima agrorum melancholia; de Caesare, _Flacco_ , Nestore, et miserando juvenis cujusdam florentissimi fato, anno aetatis suae centesimo praemature abrepti.”
“_In totum autem revocatur Nilus intra ripas in Librá, ut tradit Herodotus, centesimo die.”
“After that his leisure was spent in trying to make us pay him back and he would appear at our bedroom door, or waylay us on the _Riva_, or follow us into the _Orientale_, or run us down in the _Piazza_, demanding the money as a right, begging for it as a charity, reducing it by a _centesimo_ every time until we had only to wait long enough for the debt to be wiped out.”
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