Etymology
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centimeter (n.)

also centimetre, metric measure of length, "one hundredth of a meter," 1801, from French centimètre (18c.), coined from Latin centum "hundred" (see hundred) + French mètre (see meter (n.2)).

updated on October 27, 2017

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Definitions of centimeter from WordNet

centimeter (n.)
a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter;
Synonyms: centimetre / cm
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