Definition of centigrade in English:


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postpositive when used with a numeral
another term for Celsius
‘This was a sunny day, with the temperature in the low to mid twenties centigrade, so the tables were mostly full.’
  • ‘Day-time temperatures are frequently in the low twenties centigrade but, once night falls, they plummet to minus ten or even below that in a matter of minutes.’
  • ‘Thermal conditions are also extreme, with external temperatures ranging from plus or minus more than a hundred degrees centigrade.’
  • ‘Unlike most sponges, they release their contents only when heated to temperatures of hundreds of degrees centigrade.’
  • ‘As clear skies and sunshine sent temperatures up to 25 degrees centigrade, hundreds packed Hilly Fields, Brockley, for the ever-popular festival.’
  • ‘Germany is also approaching its record of 40 degrees centigrade hit back in 1983.’
  • ‘The 40 degrees centigrade heat, high humidity and long hours all take their toll on crews.’
  • ‘The Fassenon nuclear plant in eastern France was just two degrees centigrade away from an emergency shutdown, forcing technicians to hose down one of the reactors.’
  • ‘The heat exchangers will convert waste heat from the 360 degrees centigrade flame grills - where the chain's famous Whopper burger comes to life - into energy.’
  • ‘It was a hot, cloudless and humid day, 27 degrees centigrade, with a light south-easterly wind.’
  • ‘If you are walking outdoors on a 37 degrees centigrade day and suddenly feel weak, dizzy and nauseous chances are you are suffering from heat exhaustion.’
  • ‘The effect of this was to heat the air to a temperature which at times was estimated to approach 1,000 degrees centigrade.’
  • ‘Temperatures in the shady old town never rise above 25 degrees centigrade.’
  • ‘Temperatures will struggle to reach zero in the daytime and are expected to plummet to around minus 10 degrees centigrade overnight.’
  • ‘Weather experts are predicting a scorcher of a summer - the government recently issued a heat-wave plan after the Met Office predicted that summer temperatures would exceed the 22 degrees centigrade average.’
  • ‘The authors wrote that ‘the trend in daily mean temperature due to land use changes is 0.35 degrees centigrade per century.’’
  • ‘The organizer has built a large refrigerator covering 1,500 square metres and temperature inside is kept below minus 14 centigrade degrees.’
  • ‘The choice of temperatures was based on the fact that the cells were caught at approximately 25 degrees centigrade and grown into clonal populations at 21-24 degrees centigrade.’
  • ‘We can be confident that water boiled at 100 degrees centigrade under conditions of normal pressure in Jerusalem in the fifth century CE, just as it did in nineteenth century Chicago.’
  • ‘At about 400 degrees centigrade, the nano-tip comes into contact with the plastic substrate allowing it to ‘write’ by punching a hole into the surface.’



/ˈsen(t)əˌɡrād/ /ˈsɛn(t)əˌɡreɪd/



Early 19th century from French, from Latin centum ‘a hundred’ + gradus ‘step’.