cent (sĕnt)n. Abbr. ct. See table at currency. [Middle English, from Old French, hundred, from Latin centum. See dekm̥ in Indo-European Roots.] Our Living Language The plural of cent is cent in some varieties of vernacular Southern English when preceded by a numeral: That costs eighty cent. The lack of the plural suffix -s in such constructions is also found with units of measurement like foot and pound. See note at foot.