Cento

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cento A literary or a musical composition formed by selections from different authors disposed in a new order.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cento A patchwork.
    • n cento Hence In music and literature, a composition made up of selections from the works of various authors or composers; a pasticcio; a medley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cento sen′to a name applied to literary trivialities in the form of poems manufactured by putting together distinct verses or passages of one author, or of several authors, so as to make a new meaning: a composition formed by joining scraps from other authors: expressing contempt, a mere string of commonplace phrases and quotations
    • pl Cento usually Cen′tos
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cento, a garment of several pieces sewed together, patchwork, a poem made up of various verses of another poem

Usage

In literature:

All we perform is no other than a cento, as a man may say, of several pieces, and we would acquire honour by a false title.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
The Duke's library filled a series of rooms designed in the classical style of the cinque-cento.
"The Valley of Decision" by Edith Wharton
BASSI, UGO (1800-1849), Italian patriot, was born at Cento, and received his early education at Bologna.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
He always left Cento on Saturday a. m. and returned Monday p. m. He saw these and more distant cities.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
He never produced anything more simple and noble or more worthy of the cinque-cento than this altarpiece (now in the Academy).
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Various insects, like everything else in the world, occur in cinque cento work; grasshoppers most frequently.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
This, then, the reader must always keep in mind when he is examining for himself any examples of cinque-cento work.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
He is a writer of centos, and yet in originality scarcely inferior to Homer.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
This part of the "cento Antiphonarius" is put together in one system after an established tradition.
"St. Gregory and the Gregorian Music" by E. G. P. Wyatt
Daro cento ducati, Se tu mi lasci andar.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
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In poetry:

Era un canto di grazie; era un concento
Che nel vespro nebbioso si perdea;
Le foglie e i fior caduti, a cento, a cento
Lo ripetean.--Dicea:
"Circolo" by Ferdinando Fontana
Ei colla vita di cento persone,
(Che visser forse ognuna settant'anni)
Fara` dieci quartine o una canzone.
Che l'udito ai viventi o strazii, o inganni!...
"La Chiesetta Dei Morti" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Juan Cento is the president of FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division.
Cento Canned Italian Peeled Tomatoes.
Plain Dealer writer John Petkovic has penned a profile on Sam McNulty, one of the men behind the Bier Markt, Bar Cento and Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.
Shawn de Cento of San Antonio, Texas, has been named a new regional vice president on DU's board of directors.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Nov 28, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has elected Shawn de Cento of San Antonio, Texas, to serve as a regional vice president on the organization's national board of directors.
Oracle's Wooing of CentOS Users Raises Questions.
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In science:

Di tanti che erano ne ho fatto cinque cento fogli di carta bianchi e io su quelli ho scritto giorni e mesi per fare una storia.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
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