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1A monetary unit of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, equal to one hundredth of a dollar in Brunei, one hundredth of a riel in Cambodia, one hundredth of a rupiah in Indonesia, and one hundredth of a ringgit in Malaysia.
- ‘The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit which is divided into 100 sen.’
- ‘At present, MAS charges an average of 32.5 sen (100 sen equal 1 ringgit or $0.26) per kilometer.’
- ‘Diesel oil is 67 sen per liter in Malaysia compared to 133 sen in Thailand.’
- ‘To reduce the government subsidy on fuel, Mahathir said diesel and petrol prices will increase by 10 sen per liter (100 sen = $0.3) to 0.80 and 1.20 ringgit respectively.’
2A former monetary unit in Japan, equal to one hundredth of a yen.
- ‘In 1907, when an inner-city train ticket cost between three and five sen, a made-to-order suit required an average of twenty to twenty-five yen.’
- ‘For example, a belt made from tortoise shell was available for only one yen and fifty sen in Japanese money.’
Sen (sense 1 of the noun) represents cent; sen (sense 2 of the noun) is of Japanese origin.
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