AskDefine | Define centavo

Dictionary Definition

centavo n : a fractional monetary unit of several countries: El Salvador and Sao Tome and Principe and Brazil and Argentina and Bolivia and Colombia and Cuba and the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras and Mexico and Nicaragua and Peru and the Philippines and Portugal

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Currency unit (hundreth of a peso) in Mexico
  2. A similar subdenomination of various other currencies.



  1. cent (subunit of currency in US and elsewhere)



  1. cent (subunit of currency in US and other countries)

Extensive Definition

Centavo is a Spanish and Portuguese word, derived from the Latin centum, meaning "one hundred", and the suffix -avo, meaning "portion" or "fraction". Centavo means, strictly, "one-hundredth".
It is a fractional monetary unit, used to represent one hundredth of a basic monetary unit in many countries around the world, including:


centavo in Catalan: Centau
centavo in German: Centavo
centavo in Spanish: Centavo
centavo in Dutch: Centavo
centavo in Polish: Centavo
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