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n. pl. cen·tos
A poem or other literary work pieced together from the works of several authors.

[Latin centō, patchwork.]
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n, pl -tos
(Poetry) a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors
[C17: from Latin, literally: patchwork garment]


n acronym for
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Central Treaty Organization; an organization for military and economic cooperation formed in 1959 by the UK, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as a successor to the Baghdad Pact: disbanded 1979
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Cento, Centones, Centoism

 A literary or musical composition made up of selections; a string or rigmarole; a composition formed by joining scraps from other authors, 1605; a patchwork of coloured cloths, 1610.
Examples: cento of blunders, 1780; of borrowed thoughts, 1859; of commonplaces, 1822; of literary works, 1605; of musical composition; of uncircumcised nations, 1647; of patchwork, 1610; of revolters of popery, 1626; of scriptural phrases; of verses, 1882.
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Although neither the cento nor the [album] is "fresh" in the Romantic sense of radically original, both meet copyright's more modest standards of originality [...] Both genres belong to the category of works that are at once "derivative" of antecedent works and eligible for the copyright protection accorded "original" works.
Alfardan Sports Motors Company, member of Alfardan Group and exclusive importer of luxurious Maserati in Qatar announced the arrival of its top of the line highly awaited Quattroporte edition, the Collezione Cento to Doha.
Dos 125 registros colhidos de condenadas a degredo em Portugal entre 1737 e 1800, a grande maioria (72,73 por cento) foi destinada ao Brasil, enquanto 24,79 por cento o foram para dentro do proprio reino, e 2,48 por cento, para a Africa (Tabela II).
(5.) Robert Cento, "Recitals that Make Sense," Clavier (April 1996): 35.
The Pedrini Cento Cup will take place June 19 to 23 at Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake.
Among those at the service will be the Prime Minister of St Vincent and Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the High Commissioner for the islands, Cento Lewis, and Coventry's Lord Mayor Dave Chater.
BRUSSELS Italian helmer Marco Tullio Giordana has nabbed the top prize, worth $73,500, at the sixth annual Brussels film fest for "I Cento Passi" (The Hundred Steps), Italy's entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar.
To be supplied from DDC's VM Motori subsidiary in Cento, Italy, the four-cylinder, in-line engine features electronically controlled common rail fuel injection to provide significantly improved control of the injection process over the engine's entire operating range.
Two of the books to which I shall particularly refer, The Quattro Cento and Stones of Rimini, were published during this period of analysis; a third, Venice: an Aspect of Art, appeared in 1945.
It may seem faintly absurd to claim or imply that a Vergilian cento has suffered unjustified neglect from scholars.
, centoes, or centos An often poetic patchwork composition of words, phrases, or lines from other works.
Centos were freely produced during the decadent period of Greece and Rome; Ausonius (c310 - 95), who put together the scandalous