Centime (from Latin "centesimus") is French for "cent", and is used in English as the name of the fraction currency in several Francophone countries (including Switzerland, Algeria, Belgium, Morocco and France).

In France the usage of "centime" goes back to the introduction of the decimal monetary system under Napoleon. This system aimed at replacing non-decimal fractions of older coins. A five-centime coin was known as a "sou", i.e. a solidus or shilling.

Conversely in Quebec, 1/100 of a Canadian dollar is called "sou" (penny).

ubdivision of euro: cent or centime?

In the European community "cent" is the official name for 1/100 of a euro. However, in French-speaking countries the word "centime" is the one preferentially used. Indeed, the Superior Council of the French language of Belgium recommends in 2001 the use of "centime", since the French word "cent" has two meanings ("cent" and "hundred"). An analogous decision is published in Journal officiel in France ( December 2, 1997).

In Morocco, dirhams are divided into 100 "centime"s and one may find prices in the country quoted in "centime"s rather than in dirhams. Sometimes "centime"s are known as francs or in former Spanish areas, pesetas.


Centime is one hundredth of the following basic monetary units:


* Algerian dinar
* Burundian franc
* CFP franc
* CFA franc
* Comorian franc
* Congolese franc
* Djiboutian franc
* Ethiopian birr (as santim)
* Guinean franc
* Haitian gourde
* Latvian lats (Latvian: santīms)
* Moroccan dirham
* Rwandan franc
* Swiss franc (by French speakers only, see Rappen)


* Algerian franc
* Belgian franc
* Cambodian franc
* French Camerounian franc
* French Guianan franc
* French franc
* Guadeloupe franc
* Katangan franc
* Luxembourgish franc
* Malagasy franc
* Malian franc
* Martinique franc
* Monegasque franc
* Moroccan franc
* New Hebrides franc
* Réunion franc
* Spanish Peseta
* Tunisian franc
* Westphalian frank
* Polska frank

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  • centime — [ sɑ̃tim ] n. m. • 1793; de cent I ♦ 1 ♦ La centième partie du franc, la plus petite unité monétaire. Dix millions de centimes : cent mille francs. Une pièce de cinq centimes. Pas de centimes, arrondissez au franc supérieur. ♢ Loc. Pas un centime …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Centime — Centime, Scheidemünze in Frankreich, Belgien und der Schweiz = 1/100 Frank = 0,81 . Plato …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • centime — CENTIME. sub. mas. Monnoie qui est la centième partie du franc, et la dixième partie d un décime. Elle répond à un cinquième de sou ou à quatre cinquiêmes de liard, ou enfia, à 2 deniers 4/10: ainsi une pièce de cinq centimes vaut un sou. La… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Centime — [sã ti:m] der; s, s [sã ti:m(s)] (aber: 5 ) <aus fr. centime, dies aus lat. centum »hundert«> Untereinheit der Währungseinheiten verschiedener Länder (z. B. Frankreich, Schweiz); Abk.: c u. ct, Plur. ct[s], schweiz. nur Ct …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • centime — m. centime …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • Centime — Cen time , n. [F., fr. L. centesimus. See {Centesimal}.] (F. Coinage) The hundredth part of a franc; a small French copper coin and money of account. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Centīme — (fr., spr. Sangtihm), französische u. belgische Scheidemünze, der 100. Theil eines Francs, etwa Pfennig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Centime — (franz., spr. ßangtĭm ), der 100. Teil des Frank, = 0,81 Pfennig, in Frankreich, Belgien, Luxemburg und der Schweiz, deren deutscher Teil dafür Rappen sagt; wird aus Bronze, in Belgien aus Kupfer geprägt. Mit Frank = 100 C. mußte in Frankreich… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Centime — (spr. ßangtíhm), der 100. Teil der franz., belg. und schweiz. Geldeinheit, des Franken, = 0,81 oder 4/5 Pf. Centimes additionnels (spr. addißĭonnéll), franz. Gemeindesteuer, Zuschlag auf die Staatssteuer …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Centime — Centime, kleinste französische Scheidemünze, ungefähr 4/5 Ps. oder 3/19 Kr. rhein. Man hat 1 und 2 Centimenstücke von Kupfer und 10 und 20 Centimenstücke von Silber …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

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