A literary work made up of quotations from other works.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Centos are a great way to encourage older children to read poetry.’
- ‘This passage is another characteristic cento of references to different Dante texts, although this has not been noted.’
Early 17th century: Latin, patchwork garment the original sense in English.