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n. pl. cen·ta·vos
1. A unit of currency that is equal to 1/100 of the primary unit of currency in many Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
2. A former unit of currency that was equal to 1/100 of the Portuguese escudo.
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n, pl -vos
1. (Currencies) a monetary unit of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
2. (Currencies) a former monetary unit of Ecuador, El Salvador, and Portugal, worth one hundredth of their former standard units
[Spanish: one hundredth part]
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n., pl. -vos.
a monetary unit of the Philippines, Portugal, and various Latin American nations, equal to 1/100 of the basic currency.
[1880–85; < Sp: the 100th part =cent- 100 (see cent) + -avo < Latin -āvum as in octāvum eighth; see octavo]
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|Noun||1.||centavo - 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|
fractional monetary unit, subunit - a monetary unit that is valued at a fraction (usually one hundredth) of the basic monetary unit
austral - the basic unit of money in Argentina; equal to 100 centavos
El Salvadoran colon - the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos
real - the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos
dobra - the basic unit of money on Sao Tome e Principe
lempira - the basic unit of money in Honduras; equal to 100 centavos
metical - the basic unit of money in Mozambique; equal to 100 centavos
boliviano - the basic unit of money in Bolivia; equal to 100 centavos
cordoba - the basic unit of money in Nicaragua; equal to 100 centavos
quetzal - the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
sucre - the basic unit of money in Ecuador; equal to 100 centavos
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