centime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n centime a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
    • n centime a fractional monetary unit of several countries: France and Algeria and Belgium and Burkina Faso and Burundi and Cameroon and Chad and the Congo and Gabon and Haiti and the Ivory Coast and Luxembourg and Mali and Morocco and Niger and Rwanda and Senegal and Switzerland and Togo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Centime (F. Coinage) The hundredth part of a franc; a small French copper coin and money of account.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n centime In the French system of coinage, the hundredth part of a franc, or about one fifth of a United States cent. Its abbreviation is c. Coins of a single centime have been struck in copper and bronze, though little used. There are also coins of 2, 3, 5, and 10 centimes.
    • n centime A current money of account in Haiti, the hundredth part of a gourde or dollar, equal to ninety-seven hundredths of a United States cent.
    • n centime More commonly, the thousandth part of a liter. The liter was intended to equal one thousand cubic centimeters and the weight of one liter of distilled water at the temperature of its maximum density was intended to equal the kilogram. The mass of the kilogram definitely adopted differs from the intended mass by one or more parts in a hundred thousand: since the liter is always determined by weighing, it also differs from its intended volume by a similarly small fraction. When this small fraction is negligible, the thousandth part of a liter is commonly called a cubic centimeter. The name milliliter is preferred by many for the thousandth part of the liter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Centime sen-tēm′ the hundredth part of anything, esp. a French coin, the hundredth part of a franc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. centesimus,. See Centesimal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. centum, a hundred.

Usage

In literature:

Fifty centimes a copy.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
I'll bet ten bucks to a lousy centime he lives to fall off a merry-go-round and break his neck.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
They hurl at you instead francs, piastres, paras, drachmas, lepta, metalliks, mejidis, centimes, and English shillings.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Francs and centimes, indeed!
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
For the bottle was hard enough to sell at four centimes; and at three it will be quite impossible.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I haven't a centime.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
She said, 'Fifty centimes.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
It will amuse me to learn how much I can make on an initial capital of twelve francs, fifty centimes.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
Look out sharp, for you 'll have to account for every centime of it when we meet.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
All my earthly possessions in money consisted of six francs thirty-five centimes.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
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In poetry:

"Je am a poete, sir," dit he,
"Je live where tres grande want teems—
I’m faim, sir. Sil vous plait give me
Un franc or cinquatite centimes."
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler