Definition of cento in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsentō/ /ˈsɛntoʊ/

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  • A literary work made up of quotations from other works.

    ‘This passage is another characteristic cento of references to different Dante texts, although this has not been noted.’
    • ‘Centos are a great way to encourage older children to read poetry.’
    • ‘This glosa is based on R S Gwynn's Approaching A Significant Birthday He Peruses The Norton Anthology Of Poetry which is itself a cento.’


Early 17th century Latin, ‘patchwork garment’, the original sense in English.