adjective Etymology: French, from Latin centi- hundred + French grade Date: 1801 relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometric scale on which the interval between the freezing point of water and the boiling point of water is divided into 100 degrees with 0° representing the freezing point and 100° the boiling point <
10° centigrade
abbreviation C; compare Celsius

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.