Definitions

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 cent, i.e. 1/100, of certain (mainly historic) Iberian and Latin American currencies, and presently of the Euro (coinage version in Spanish), as a coin or theoretic value

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A current subsidiary coin of Costa Rica, the hundredth part of a colon, equal to forty-six hundredths of a United States cent. Silver pieces of 5, 10, 25, and 50 centimes are coined.
  • n. A current subsidiary coin of Venezuela, the hundredth part of a bolivar, equal to nineteen hundredths of a United States cent.
  • n. A subsidiary coin of the Dominican Republic, the hundredth part of a franco, or franc, equal to seventeen hundredths of a United States cent.

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

  • n. a fractional monetary unit of Venezuela and Costa Rica and Equatorial Guinea and Paraguay and Spain

Etymologies

Spanish céntimo, from French centime; see centime.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish céntimo, French centime, from Latin (via centesimus 'one hundreth'?) centum 'hundred' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I paid my bill there, which was imagined with scrupulous fullness to the last possible centimo, and so I may disinterestedly declare that the Eitz is the only hotel in Madrid where you get the worth of your money, even when the money seems more but scarcely is so.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • 'Even before dying, my father sensed that I was going to spend his money on all the things he most detested in life, down to the last centimo.'

    The Shadow of the Wind

  • Priest and peasant, the great lady and the gentleman who sells one a glass of water for a centimo, brush past each other.

    The Grey Lady

  • I paid my bill there, which was imagined with scrupulous fullness to the last possible _centimo, _ and so I may disinterestedly declare that the Eitz is the only hotel in Madrid where you get the worth of your money, even when the money seems more but scarcely is so.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • The bond's price rose 0.14 centimo to 110.71 centimos per sol.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • The bond's price fell 0.36 centimo to 108.13 centimos per sol.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Well one of the vendors keeps on pestering me to buy his 2 euro bracelets that cost like one centimo to make while im coughing my life away.

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  • "small dog," as the Spanish call a ten and a five centimo piece.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • "He would see me in the Kasbah, chained by the leg and dying for a centimo measure of water.

    The Black

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