Definition of centonism in English:

centonism

noun

  • The action or practice of incorporating pre-existing elements into a literary composition or other work; an example of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Hallam (1777–1859), historian. From classical Latin centōn-, cento cento + -ism.

Pronunciation

centonism

/ˈsɛntənɪz(ə)m/