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

  • n. A literary work pieced together from the works of several authors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hotchpotch, a mixture; especially a piece made up of quotations from other authors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A literary or a musical composition formed by selections from different authors disposed in a new order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A patchwork.
  • n. Hence In music and literature, a composition made up of selections from the works of various authors or composers; a pasticcio; a medley.


Latin centō, patchwork.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cento ‘patchwork garment’. (Wiktionary)



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  • fragments of writing

    May 16, 2009

  • cento Garment of patches.

    December 8, 2007